Bubin was a three-year starter for the Illini at left tackle on two record-breaking offensive units. In 2001, the squad averaged 420 yards of total offense per game (3,327 passing and 1,714 rushing) and quarterback Kurt Kittner set a touchdown pass record. Just one year later, the line helped lead Antoineo Harris to a school-record 1,330 yards rushing and recorded nearly 450 yards of total offense a contest (1,968 rushing and 3,388).
"I didn¹t sleep much last night, I¹ve been so nervous," Bubin said. "I¹ve been sitting around my parents¹ house today waiting for the phone call. I got it about five seconds before my name popped up on the television. My mom had to leave for work, but my dad had the biggest smile on his face."
"I got a chance to spend a lot of time with Jacksonville at the combine and I thought they felt good about me. I just can¹t wait to get down there, meet my teammates and start learning the offense. I want to help out as much as I can, lend my skills and athletic ability."
When asked about taking inspiration from former Illini Dave Diehl (who was a fifth round pick last season and started for the New York Giants in 2003) Bubin added, "Dave is an awesome teammate and player and he went in and worked hard and look at him now. He is a starter for the Giants and we got to watch him succeed in his first season. I learned that it doesn¹t matter where you are drafted, it¹s what you do once you are in camp."