GLENDALE, Ariz. – Sam Hubbard kept it simple: he's coming back.
Hubbard, a sophomore defensive end in his third year with the Buckeyes, told Scout.com after Ohio State's 31-0 loss to Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl that he'll be back with the team next season.
"I’m staying next year," Hubbard said.
The Cincinnati Moeller product redshirted during the 2014-15 season before starting the opener in 2015 when Joey Bosa was suspended. He took over the starting roll full time this year and proved to be a key player for the Buckeyes, finishing the year with 46 total tackles, eight tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. In the College Football Playoff semifinal loss to Clemson, Hubbard tallied five tackles and half a sack.
Widely considered a sure draft pick if he came out early, Hubbard didn't hesitate with his decision. He said he wants to return to continue giving back to the program.
“I want to be a leader," Hubbard said. "I want to contribute more to this great university and still develop myself and get to work and keep winning for Buckeye Nation.”