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Before enrolling at Ohio State to play football, Sam Hubbard had committed to Notre Dame to play lacrosse. Although Hubbard played safety at Moeller High School, Ohio State introduced him on national signing day as a 6’6″ 225-pound linebacker. However, the coaching staff was not really sure where to play him. In 2014, Hubbard started off as a tight end before moving to defensive end, which was a natural fit. Unfortunately for Hubbard, the Buckeyes were loaded with defensive ends (led by Joey Bosa) so the coaching staff decided to redshirt him for the 2014 season.
Following a redshirt season consisting of three position changes and adding forty pounds to his frame, Hubbard finally saw the field on opening day in 2015. He started at defensive end in place of suspended teammate Joey Bosa, in a 42-24 victory over the Hoakies. For the game he recorded 4 tackles, 1.5 for loss, and a sack. Hubbard performed so well, the defensive coaches changed their blueprint for the season and moved Bosa inside. Hubbard finished the season with 28 tackles (8 for loss), 6.5 sacks, 3 quarterback hurries, an interception, a forced fumble, and a pass break up.
Hubbard started all 13 games in 2016 recording 46 total tackles (8 for loss) with 3.5 sacks. He announced in late December, of 2016 that he was coming back to Ohio State in 2017. Saw more double teams in 2016 without Joey Bosa, who departed the NFL.
Clay Matthews III
Best Position Fit
3-4 Outside Linebacker or 4-3 Defensive End
Elite read and react ability. Excellent pass rush skills. Excellent first step quickness. Excellent bend around the edge. Excellent tackling ability. No history of any injuries. Prototypical height, weight, and speed for the position.
Needs to continue to get stronger and learn how to play on the edge.
Hubbard is poised to have a brilliant 2017 campaign, and could become early 2018 NFL draft selection.
12/31/2016 – Sam Hubbard says he’s coming back to Ohio State in 2017