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#9 Tom Hubbard
Position: Safety
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 215
Year: Junior
City/State: Limon, Colo.
High School: Limon
Experience: Varsity Reserve

 

2005 (Sr.)—He played in all 13 games, including the Champs Sports Bowl, with two starts (versus New Mexico State and Texas in the Big 12 title game), as he was one of 42 candidates on the official watch list for the inaugural Ronnie Lott Trophy.  He was in for 280 plays from scrimmage, registering 14 tackles (12 solo), with five third down stops, two pass deflections, a forced fumble (at Kansas State) and two interceptions, against Kansas and Texas in the Big 12 championship.  He also caught a blocked field goal in mid-air and returned it 68 yards against NMSU, though he fumbled the ball back to the Aggies at the end of the play.  Against the Longhorns the second time around, he matched his season high with four tackles, including three third down stops; the interception was his third at Reliant Stadium, as he had two in the Houston Bowl the previous December.  He also had four tackles, all solo, in the season opener against Colorado State.  In the preseason, Athlon selected him as a third-team member on its preseason all-Big 12 team.  He missed the last half of spring drills due to an injured knee; though a severe sprain, it did not require surgery and he was able to participate full-go in fall camp.

 

2004 (Jr.)—He saw the first game scrimmage action of his career, earning the reputation of almost always being in the right position to make the play as he saw time at mainly free safety but had some snaps on the string side as well.  He played in all 13 games, with five starts including the Houston Bowl, with his first start coming in a win against Iowa State.  In 10 games on defense, he saw action for 473 snaps from scrimmage and racked up 28 tackles (15 solo), with two for losses.  He also had four third down stops, three passes broken up and an interception (he returned it 23 yards against Kansas State that set up a CU field goal).  He had a career-high seven tackles, with two solo, in the Big 12 title game against Oklahoma, and he had six in the two wins leading up to the game, against K-State (five solo) and at Nebraska (four unassisted).  He capped off the year by being named the most valuable player on defense in the 33-28 win over UTEP in the bowl game, as he had two interceptions, four tackles (all solo), two third down stops and a pass deflection.  One pick led to a missed field goal try early in the third quarter, with the other coming with 11:10 remaining and the Miners at the CU47; it set up the winning points, as six plays later, the Buffs went ahead for good.  He was the team leader in special team points, as he won the annual competition with 13 on the strength of six tackles (four solo, two inside-the-20), three knockdown blocks, a recovered onside kick and an interception to thwart a 2-point PAT try by Nebraska.  He had a solid fall camp, ending the sessions second on the depth at free safety and a scholarship in hand, as the coaches awarded him one on September 1.  He had eight tackles (all solo) in the three main spring scrimmages.

 

2003 (Soph.)—He played in six games on special teams only, the first five and the finale as he missed six games with a hand injury.  He had one knockdown block on return unit duty.  He moved from receiver over to defense for spring drills, where he practiced at free safety for the first time.  He had five tackles, including three solo and a third down stop at his new position in the three main scrimmages.

 

2002 (Fr.-RS)—He was to be moved to receiver (from quarterback) for spring practice, but he injured a knee in conditioning in February and did not participate in drills.  He was 100 percent by August, and made the move then; he dressed for nine games, but did not see any action.

 

2001 (Fr.)—Redshirted; he practiced at quarterback the entire fall.

 

HIGH SCHOOL—He was the recipient of the 30th annual Fred Steinmark High School Athlete of the Year Award, presented by the Rocky Mountain News (one of the state’s most prestigious prep honors).  As a senior, he earned first-team all-state honors at both quarterback and defensive back.  He completed 80-of-155 passes for 1,928 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior (with only eight interceptions), also rushing for 450 yards and seven scores on 50 attempts.  On defense, playing strong safety, he made 60 tackles and had three interceptions, returning all three for touchdowns.  As a junior, he completed 55-of-130 passes for 1,101 yards and nine scores, and threw for 850 yards as a sophomore.  Limon was 10-3 his senior year, 9-3 his junior year, 3-5 his sophomore season and 9-1 his freshman campaign under coach Dave Grimes.  He lettered four times in baseball (shortstop/pitcher) and was a two-time first-team all-state selection, as he hit five home runs and batted .410 as a senior, when he was also 6-1 with a 2.34 earned run average.  He lettered four times as well in track (hurdles, relays), with career bests of 14.9 in the 110-meters and 40.01 in the 300-meters (both school records); he was second twice in the state meet in the 110 and third three times in the state in the 300.  He picked up three more letters in basketball (guard/forward), averaging 18 points and 10 rebounds per game as a senior when he was first-team all-state.  Thus, he earned 15 total varsity letters as a prep standout.

 

ACADEMICS—He is earning a double major in business (accounting and finance) at Colorado.  A first-team Academic All-Big 12 team member as both a junior and senior, he is also a four-time member of the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll.  He earned CU’s prestigious 4.0 Club Award for a perfect grade point average his second year in college, and as a senior, he was awarded the team’s Dean Jacob Van Ek Award for academic excellence.  He was the valedictorian of his senior class at Limon, as he was an honor roll student throughout high school in maintaining a perfect 4.0 grade point average, twice earning prestigious Army Reserve Scholar Athlete honors. 

 

PERSONAL—Born February 10, 1983 in Hugo, Colo., and grew up on a ranch in eastern Colorado.  Hobbies include hunting and fishing.  A brother (Jim) played college football at Bethany, and a sister (Linn) played small college volleyball.  He was the recipient of a National Football Foundation Scholarship for his senior year.

 


Season


G


Plays

Tackles
UT  AT--TOT


TFL


Sacks


3DS


Hurr


FR


FF


PBU


Int

2004

10

473

15  13--28

2- 8

0- 0

4

0

0

0

3

1

2005

12

280

12    2--14

0- 0

0- 0

5

0

0

1

2

2

Totals

22

753

27  15--42

2- 8

0- 0

9

0

0

1

5

3

 

ADDITIONAL STATISTICS—Interception Return Yards: 1-23, 23.0 avg. (2004);  2-23, 11.5 avg. (2005); Special Team Tackles: 4,2—6 (2004);  2,0—2 (2005).  Blocked Field Goal Returns:  1-68, 68.0 avg.

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