Alberta’s Hubbard announces return to Oklahoma State for senior year

Oklahoma State's Chuba Hubbard (30) carries the ball during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against West Virginia. (Chris Jackson/AP)

Canadian running back Chuba Hubbard spent his redshirt sophomore season at Oklahoma State setting records and building hype. On Monday, the Sherwood Park, Alta., native announced on Twitter that he’s returning to the Cowboys to try to do it again.

Hubbard’s video, set to Future’s new single, “Life is Good,” closes with a simple message: “Returning. In. 2020.”

Hubbard led the NCAA in rushing yards (2,094) and rushing yards per game (161.1) in 2019 while tying for third in rushing touchdowns (21). He finished eighth in the Heisman Trophy vote and led the Cowboys to an 8-5 record.

When he surpassed the 2,000-yard rushing mark, Hubbard earned a shoutout from Oklahoma State football alumnus Barry Sanders.

And last month, Hubbard was honoured at an Edmonton Oilers game with an opportunity to participate in a ceremonial puck drop.

Despite only having played two seasons at Oklahoma State, Hubbard was eligible to enter this year’s draft because he spent one season as a redshirt.

Hubbard’s decision to stay in school coincides with a wave of talented running backs heading for the 2020 NFL Draft — including Ohio State’s J.K. Dobbins, Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor and Georgia’s D’Andre Swift.

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