Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy has officially announced that his star running back Chuba Hubbard will forego the remainder of his junior season and enter the 2021 NFL Draft.
Hubbard will miss the Cowboys’ final regular season matchup against Baylor as well as any postseason action they may face.
Gundy broke the news on the pregame radio show ahead of Oklahoma State’s matchup with the Bears on Saturday.
“Chuba’s not gonna play,” Gundy said, per Marshall Scott of Pistols Firing. “Chuba’s chosen to go to the NFL.”
Mike Gundy on the pregame radio show: "Chuba's not gonna play. Chuba's chosen to go to the NFL."
— Marshall Scott (@Marshall_Once) December 12, 2020
Hubbard missed the Cowboys’ previous two games with a leg injury. The star RB’s decision to declare for the draft shouldn’t come as a surprise to many. Two weeks ago, when Oklahoma State faced Texas Tech, the redshirt junior was announced with the seniors for Senior Day.
In 2019, the Cowboys running back staked his claim as the top rusher in the league, boasting 2,094 yards and 21 touchdowns on the season. This year, Hubbard has collected 625 yards and five touchdowns through seven games.
Despite this drop in production, Hubbard’s track record solidifies him as a top running back option in this upcoming draft class. His stellar season last year proved he has the capacity to be the NCAA’s leading rusher, even if he wasn’t able to repeat that performance this year.
Mike Gundy and No. 22 Oklahoma State will take the field without Chuba Hubbard in just a few minutes. The Cowboys will look to improve their record to 7-3.