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Chuba Hubbard, Others ‘Could Still Play,’ Despite Not Taking Snaps Against Tulsa



World Championship speedster Chuba Hubbard still might get on the field for Oklahoma State’s football team this year.

Hubbard didn’t line up for a snap Thursday in the Cowboys’ backup-playing win against Tulsa, but coach Mike Gundy said on Monday he “could still play.” This comes about a week after he touted the true freshman from Canada in ways that indicated he could be a star sooner rather than later.

As for the others who didn’t play while seemingly all other options did, Gundy seemed hopeful if not at least positive they would receive opportunities.

“Adrian Baker, he’s gonna play,” Gundy said.

Baker was listed as the third right-side-of-the-field cornerback on this week’s depth chart. Last week, he wasn’t on it, and he didn’t even dress out. A stunner from what a lot of people thought just a few months ago.

Gundy cited Baker’s health on Monday.

“His situation is clearing up a little bit, and hopefully he’ll get a few reps in there, and we’ll see how he comes along,” Gundy said.

Junior college transfer and 2017 signee Patrick Macon didn’t suit up either, which caught at least me by surprise when Hubbard and others from the most recent recruiting class did. Gundy has been less confident about Macon’s spot and potential playing time in 2017.

“(Patrick) Macon, maybe, maybe not,” he said. “I don’t know yet. Just gonna have to wait and see how he develops over the next month.”

Gundy said with Macon, a big factor in not playing him has to do with when he arrived on campus.

“When they show up on a later date, they’re in a catch-up role when you have a mature team,” Gundy said. “We have a fairly mature team.”

That was the case for some of the signed freshmen as well. Must be fairly difficult when you have three (almost) 100-yard rushers, tons of inexperienced but impressive cornerbacks and talent at linebacker and along the defensive line.

2017 Signees
Did Play Did Not Play
Tylan Wallace LC Greenwood
Enoch Smith Jr. Chuba Hubbard
J.D. King Patrick Macon
Thabo Mwaniki Lamarcus Morton
Sione Finefeuiaki Tracin Wallace
Jelani Woods
Kris McCune
Brendan Vaughn
Brendon Evers
Arlington Hambright
Brock Martin
Braydon Johnson
Trey Sterling
Malcolm Rodriguez
Jake McClure
Baron Odom

As for newly-imported tight end/fullback Sione Finefeuiaki, he did play, but the hope is to get him more fully up to speed by conference play.

“Some years when we’re young, those guys have to get thrown into the fire, but we have a little bit more depth right now,” Gundy said.

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