Hubley Eyes Two Positions

Honored as the Associated Press' Player of the Year and a WFCA first-team all-state selection at running back, Wisconsin commit Matt Hubley will play on the defensive side of the ball with the Badgers. That's just fine with him.

GREEN BAY - If you are planning on pinching Waukesha Catholic Memorial Matt Hubley, don't. He doesn't want to wake up.

Life has been like a dream for the 6-2, 205-pound athlete since October. In the past three months he's gone from an unknown college prospect to a University of Wisconsin recruit, a state champion, the Associated Press' state player of the year and a Wisconsin Football Coaches Association first-team all-state selection at running back.

"A couple months ago it was pretty hectic," Hubley told Badger Nation. "Everything has mellowed down and I am starting to get into a flow of things. I just can't wait until next year."

Helping lead the Crusaders to a 42-7 victory over Waupaca in the WIAA Division 3 state title game, Hubley rushed for 199 yards on 19 carries and two touchdowns, averaging 10.5 yards per carry. He accounted for 49.8 percent of Catholic Memorial's offense while adding three tackles for loss and a sack.

On offense, Hubley finished the season with 1,671 rushing yards on 226 carries (7.4 average), 21 touchdowns and averaged 128.5 yards per game. Defensively, he led the team with 12 tackles for loss and tied with four forced fumbles, as well as finishing third with 61 tackles.

"It shows hard work pays off," Hubley said. "All the hard work in the season has been worth it."

While many recruits were worried when the coaching change occurred, Hubley was one of the few that were confident in his future with the program. Having spoken with head coach Gary Andersen, defensive coordinator Dave Aranda and defensive coordinator Ben Strickland, Hubley knew that the Badgers were going to take care of their in-state players.

"They call me once or twice a week to keep in touch with me," said Hubley. "I really like Coach Andersen and Coach Aranda. Both of them seem really personable. I look forward to meeting them more once I get to Wisconsin."

Like the last coaching staff, Andersen and Wisconsin will start Hubley at the safety position with an outside chance of moving him to linebacker if he continues to build his frame. Wanting to get bigger and faster (he runs a 6.7 in the 55 meters), Hubley has been training daily in order to be able to embrace Wisconsin's strength program the minute he steps on campus.

"Signing day is going to be a day to remember," said Hubley. "That's for sure. I am looking forward to it. I don't know what to expect, but it should be fun."

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