Hubbard's Dream

Former Sylvan Hills standout Kevin Hubbard (6-4, 220, 4.75) hopes to prove to the fans in Friday night's Arkansas Coaches Association All-Star football game that he was worthy of being signed by Arkansas.

One of the least known University of Arkansas' 2005 signees would love to have one of the biggest impacts on Friday night's Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star football game at Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

Then Sylvan Hills linebacker Kevin Hubbard (6-4, 220, 4.75) would like to go away, come back in a couple of years and make it happen again in Fayetteville.

"When I first signed I was listening to the radio and everybody was wondering why did the Razorbacks sign this guy?," Hubbard said. "I'm not going to get cocky and say I am going to show why and dominate the game, but I am going to show something and show there was a reason to sign me."

Hubbard had 97 tackles last season, including six sacks, three fumble recoveries, three forced fumbles his senior season for Sylvan Hills, where he played his last two years after playing at Little Rock McClellan as a sophomore.

He's playing linebacker for the East squad in the game, which kicks off at 7 p.m. on Friday night.

"I'm just trying to have fun and meet some new guys, some that are going to be life-long friends and some just one-game friends," Hubbard said. "It's going to be fun to play with so many stars, a little like it's going to be in college."

Hubbard, inked as a sign-and-place guy, will matriculate to Independence (Kan.) Community College for the next couple of years before planning to return to Arkansas.

"I went up there and visited and then signed with them after I had sign with Arkansas," Hubbard said. "If that is where they want to put me at, then that is fine with me. I'm just going to go become a better football player and a better student."

He knows there isn't much going to be going on for him at Independence.

"It's a mental thing," Hubbard said. "You are going up there to get your grades right. There's not much to do there - just study and practice and play football. That's what I need."

Hubbard, who has taken it upon himself to actually help the media chase down players during this All-Star week, has some plans to put on some more muscle, but not add pounds through fast food.

"I am going to take my George Foreman grill with me," Hubbard said. "I love that thing and I think it will help me while I am there."

Hubbard does not try to hide his love for the Razorbacks and his desire to make it back in a couple of years.

"I love the Razorbacks, love the coaching staff and am going to be working hard to get back here and put that Razorback jersey on one day," Hubbard said. "That's my dream."

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