Prepped in Georgia. Redshirted in 2010. Was a reserve "Jack" linebacker in 2011 and appeared in nine games, recording nine tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and zero sacks. Started 13 of 14 games at "Sam" in 2012, producing 41 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and seven sacks with a batted pass and three forced fumbles. Did not start against Mississippi State (Tide opened with the "Jack" instead of the "Sam"). Started all 13 games at SLB in 2013, totaling 33 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and three sacks with three batted passes. Did not bench press or run shuttles or three-cone drill at the combine because of a deltoid strain and right hamstring strain.
Exceptional length and overall size for a rush linebacker. Good hand strength to leverage the edge. Flashes pass-rush ability -- nice bend and balance. Flattens down the line and is athletic enough to string out plays to the sideline. Is strong enough to set the edge, shed and defend the run. Good take-on strength and anchor -- bench-presses tight ends. Nimble-footed enough to carry tight ends down the field (see LSU). Already graduated.
Lacks elite edge speed, burst and explosion. Does not make plays and too often disappears for stretches. Instincts are still developing -- can be lured by play-action and misdirection. Average career sack production (10 sacks). Has a quirky personality, inflated opinion of his ability and carries a sense of entitlement that could be difficult to manage and require a patient positional coach.
A long-bodied, athletic rush linebacker with the base strength desired in a 4-3 left defensive end, Hubbard's greatest physical trait is his core functional strength and ability to leverage the edge and defend the run. Is still developing as a pass rusher and offers the scheme versatility and upside to interest any defense. Has starter traits, but has yet to reach the impact level he thinks he makes. Has upside if the light bulb comes on.