The Freshman Fifteen - Matt Hubley

One of the final in-state piece to Wisconsin's 2013 recruiting class, Matt Hubley brings versatility and speed to Wisconsin's secondary. Badger Nation gets to know the freshman defensive back a little better in the return of our popular feature.

MADISON - Getting presented with a preferred walk-on offer from Wisconsin, Matt Hubley called it a "dream come true." The dream was only going to get better.

Hubley performance during his senior season earned him a bevy of honors: Associated Press Wisconsin Player of the Year, first-team all-state, first-team all-region and first-team All-Classic 8 Conference as a running back and second-team all-conference at defensive end. His impressive play also earned him an upgrade from the Wisconsin coaching staff, getting a full offer that he accepted almost immediately.

And while Hubley rushed for 1,671 yards and scored 21 touchdowns as a senior, leading the way to a division 4 state championship for Waukesha Catholic Memorial, he'll be making plays for Wisconsin on defense, as he finished with 75 total tackles, including 17 TFLs and 15 sacks to go along with three forced fumbles and a touchdown last season.

Returning for a fourth season, Badger Nation does a meet and greet with the newer members of the Wisconsin football team, shedding a light on some of the unknown kids that figure to be important parts of the Badgers' future.

Asking 15 questions, we call this segment the Freshman Fifteen.

What's been the hardest part for you adjusting to college life?

Hubley: I think just being away from your family and being on your own. Moving out of the house and being responsible for things.

What's been the hardest part adjusting to college football?

Hubley: Definitely the speed of the game is a lot different. Luckly my high school based his practices on how college and NFL teams practice, so I kind of had a little idea of what that was about coming in. Definitely the game is a lot faster.

Since you arrived here, how have you changed your body to prepare for the college game?

Hubley: I would definitely say that when I got here I had to lose around 5-to-7 pounds. That definitely made me faster, but I still wanted to get my strength up and eventually put more weight on as I get older. I don't want to do it too quick to the point where I would slow down.

What do you think your strengths are right now where you can help this team and what your biggest areas of weaknesses?

Hubley: I think my weaknesses are adjusting to playing safety. Last year I played a deep defensive end and the year before that I played strong safety, but I was basically on the line of scrimmage. I don't think you can call it a safety. That's the hardest part.

I think strength is just having that versatility of being able to play multiple positions. I am use to being physical and having to use my feet, which comes from playing all those positions in high school.

How is Madison different than your home town of Waukesha? What's the biggest difference?

Hubley: Honestly I don't see much of a difference. They are both such a solid community. Everyone gets along and I love it here.

Do you have any idea what you want to study in college?

Hubley: I am not sure what I am going to major in, but I do know that I would like to go to dental school after Madison. That's kind of what I am looking forward to.

What's your favorite place on the Madison campus?

Hubley: Definitely the terrace on the lake. It had a great view.

What's your least favorite place on campus?

Hubley: I don't have a least favorite yet. I might later on, but not right now.

What do you enjoy doing most in your free time when you get the chance to kick back and relax?

Hubley: We haven't gotten much free time since we got here in the summer with workouts and then fall camp starting right away, so we haven't had that break. When we do have time, I like to get off my feet and rest and take it easy. I am not trying to go out and do anything, especially being a freshman.

Who are you going to live with this summer? How are those relationships?

Hubley: I lived with Hayden Biegel and Matt Miller. Just having a roommate and having to live with them, you develop a sort of brotherhood. You come close just because you are around them so much.

What's the most interesting thing you've learn about them?

Hubley: I didn't learn so much as I expected, but I have always been a neat freak with everything I do. Coming to college, that's not the typical teenager. I had to adjust to that. Every room that I see of all my friends is disgusting to be honest.

Who was your big brother and was the biggest thing you learned from him?

Hubley: My big brother was Michael Trotter. He was my host on my official visit. I got to know him and then, so it was easier to get along during the summer. He was basically my coach the entire summer along with Dezmen Southward. It was a good role so far.

Where does your biggest support come from? Family? Friends? Teammates?

Hubley: I would definitely say my family. Just having them whenever you need somebody, especially when you come to a new campus and you don't know too many people. Eventually it's going to end up being your teammates and your friends here but as of right now, it's definitely family.

What's your parents reaction to you playing college football here, being on your own for the first time and starting your journey at this school?

Hubley: They love it. It's been my dream, their dream, ever since I was two years old. Just to finally make it come true is unbelievable.

What's the best part of being a Wisconsin football player and putting on that red and white jersey?

Hubley: It's unreal. I couldn't wait to run out of the tunnel for the first time. Just that feeling was incredible.


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