The 2021 NFL Draft is in the books and lots of Big 12 players saw their names come off the board. Saturday was Day 3 of the draft, which featured rounds three through seven. In the fourth round, with the No. 126 overall pick, the Carolina Panthers selected Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard.
Hubbard is well known by Panthers head coach Matt Rhule, who was the Baylor coach before leaving following the 2019 season.
In a video that was taken by the Panthers, Rhule called Hubbard to let him know the Panthers were picking him, and said, “Ya know, I couldn’t sit there and watch you run wild on me all those years at Baylor and not take you.”
Then, Rhule said, “About ten minutes about my wife texted me and said, ‘please take Chuba Hubbard.’ So, she speaks, it happens.”
Here’s the video.
Back in 2019, even though Baylor beat Oklahoma State in their 2019 match up, Hubbard had 32 carries for 171 yards and two touchdowns.
We love that Matt Rhule, a former Big 12 guy, is taking care of other Big 12 guys. Plus, Chuba Hubbard in the fourth round feels like a steal.
The former 2,000-yard rusher wrapped up his OSU career with 3,459 rushing yards and 33 rushing touchdowns on 585 carries, all of which ranked eighth in the OSU career record book. He was the 2019 Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year and a 2019 First-Team All-American, as selected by eight different outlets. In school history, Hubbard is also No. 2 with 136.1 all-purpose yards per game, No. 4 with 5.91 yards per carry, No. 4 with 104.8 rushing yards per game, No. 7 with 4,490 all-purpose yards and No. 9 with 36 total touchdowns scored.
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