Photo Credit: Vince Cardenas
Finding the positives in last Saturday’s loss to the Oklahoma State Cowboys has been a priority for the UTSA football team. One place to find it is with the play of junior tight end Cole Hubble. Hubble is part of a healthy dose of talent at the tight end position that includes senior Jeremiah Moeller and sophomore David Morgan.
Trailing 42-7 in the fourth quarter, Hubble caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Eric Soza, giving the Roadrunners their first score since the first quarter. Soza would connect with 14 different receivers on the day, but Hubble was able to finish the game with 28 yards receiving on three catches. He was pleased to get his first touchdown of the season.
“It was very good to get it out of the way,” Hubble said. “We saw when they (OSU) played their first game a matchup one-on-one with the safety. We decided to put me out over there to try to get that touchdown.”
Hubble has had to transition to different positions since joining UTSA after successfully playing quarterback at Bandera High School. Hubble redshirted as a freshman in 2010, and he played on special teams and as a linebacker during his sophomore year. Last season, he was able to better define his role at the tight end position where he caught a team-leading four touchdowns.
During fall camp, Hubble had to deal with a wrist injury so problematic that he had to wear a precautionary cast during practice so it wouldn’t bend back. But that did not deter him from participating every day in preparation for the new season.
“You just got to go work through the pains and be there for your team,” Hubble said. “I worked my way through it, and I’m feeling great now.”
With many firsts out of the way for UTSA and Hubble, the team wants to continue to work on putting UTSA on the college football map.
The Friday before the game with OSU, Hubble and his teammates were at the downtown Hyatt when an elderly woman asked a group of UTSA football players who they were.
“There was this senior group there and she asked us if we were a soccer team,” Hubble recalled. “No ma’am, we’re football.”
UTSA will now deal with back-to-back road games against the Arizona Wildcats (Pac-12) on Sept. 14, followed by the first Conference USA (C-USA) game of the season at the UTEP Miners on Sept. 21.
Hubble is pleased with his progress and the effort of UTSA and isn’t dwelling on the loss.
“We are very excited and firing on all cylinders,” Hubble said. “We can’t wait to go to practice tomorrow.”