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Chuba Hubbard ready for 2020 season

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A group of Oklahoma defenders try to bring down Chuba Hubbard during the Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State football game on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, OK.

The Oklahoma State football season is nearing, and an offense full of expectations will get its first shot to impress with its new approach against Tulsa on Sept. 19.

Over the 2019 season, OSU heavily relied on Chuba Hubbard. As a result, Hubbard gained national recognition and had one of the best seasons in Cowboy history.

Hubbard is expected to have a high usage in the offense again this season, a risk that coach Mike Gundy is willing to take.

“He’s going to get his carries,” Gundy said. “We’ll base it on how he feels throughout the game, but I would hope that he wouldn’t have to carry it 30 times a game, but if he does for us to be successful on offense and he feels good, then we’ll continue to give it to him.”

In 2019, most of Hubbard’s touches came from the backfield on carries. The Cowboys looked away from passing the ball to him.

Now, OSU may be willing to let Hubbard’s receiving opportunities grow. Hubbard emphasized that in the offseason.

“I’ve definitely worked on my routes,” Hubbard said. “Flexing out and stuff like that. In regards to me improving my game, trying to improve running between the tackles, getting around the edge, open field cuts. Obviously last year, a lot of great things happened, but I had a great O-line, I had a great team around me to help me with those things. I just realize that I got to work on a lot of things that I did so I’m happy where I’m at.”

A healthy Hubbard is an important thing for OSU could have in 2020. When they take the field against Tulsa, fans will see how effectively Hubbard is utilized.

"I mean it's just a big year for our team,” Hubbard said. “I wouldn't say it's just a big year for me. I didn't come back to break records for myself. I came back to win a Big 12 Championship and a National Championship with my team. That's my main goal."

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