Canadian RB Chuba Hubbard runs blazing 4.36 forty-yard dash at Oklahoma State pro day

Photo courtesy: Oklahoma State Athletics

The Canadian Cowboy got off to a great start at Oklahoma State’s pro day on Thursday, running a hand-timed 4.36 forty-yard dash.

All 32 NFL teams were in attendance to watch Chuba Hubbard and his teammates perform.

Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor was the fastest running back at the 2020 NFL Combine, running a 4.39 forty-yard dash. Darrynton Evans out of Appalachian State and Raymond Calais out of Louisiana-Lafayette were next with times of 4.41 and 4.42, respectively.

Hubbard also recorded a 36-inch vertical jump, 10-foot broad jump, 4.26 short shuttle, 7.24 three-cone, and performed 20 reps of 225 pound on the bench press. These numbers are courtesy of the Senior Bowl’s Jim Nagy.

Hubbard led the NCAA with 2,094 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns as a redshirt sophomore and was named the Big 12 Conference Offensive Player of the Year. He finished eighth in voting for the Heisman Trophy, the most prestigious award in college football.

Many pundits speculated that he would have been a second or third-round pick had he declared for the 2020 NFL Draft. Instead, Hubbard returned to Oklahoma State for his redshirt junior season, proving his desire to lead his team to a conference championship.

The Cowboys started the season strong at 5-1 but were manhandled by rival Oklahoma on November 21 by a score of 41-13. Hubbard re-aggravated an injury that had plagued him for parts of the year, ending his season.

Hubbard finished the season with 133 carries for 625 yards and five touchdowns, by far the worst totals of his college career. There are scouts in the CFL who feel Hubbard is worth drafting relatively high in Canada due to his falling NFL stock.

The native of Sherwood Park, Alta. drew the attention of American scouts when he played at Bev Facey Community High School in his hometown. He rushed 458 times for 6,880 yards and 82 touchdowns over three years playing Canadian football.

John Hodge is a Canadian football reporter based in Winnipeg.