Catching up with Paul Hubbard

This Colorado Springs, Colo. speedster has a track and field background. Read about what Coach Bielema thinks of this guy, and what Paul thinks of himself in this premium Q & A.

PAUL HUBBARD

Just talk about what it is like just standing out here in the middle of Camp Randall Stadium.

It feels great knowing that we are going to come out here and bump heads with shoulder pads on. A lot of us have been waiting for this and two-a-days. That is coming up soon, but this is first time we get to see any contact.

Do you feel any pressure with being singled out at a weakness position – or do you just step in and do a job that are recruited to do?

That is exactly the way is. We were recruited to play football. If we do our jobs, and to them right, there are going to be good things that happen. You can't ask for anything else.

Have you seen anything during the summer and first couple days of camp that get you pretty excited to get out there at game speed?

Yes, the competitiveness that I see on both sides of the ball and stepping up. People are really out there making plays. You have got guys making interceptions. You have got guys making great catches. And you have got the quarterbacks putting the ball where it needs to be. That has got everybody excited and riled up to get into the mix of things.

So, you are saying the quarterbacks have already found a rhythm?

Yes, the quarterbacks are doing the right thing. If everybody is doing their job we are going to click and be a great team.

Could you dream of something like this 5-6 years ago?

Well, five years ago I was not sure what I wanted to do. If I wanted to play football, or run track and field, and I even was having thoughts of playing basketball. I really did not think I would be in front of a crowd this big playing football. I always thought that I could maybe do it, but I was not sure that it was going to happen.

Coach Bielema talked about your speed in Chicago last week at the Big Ten Kickoff. He said that when you become a football guy alone, you are going to be a good one. How does that make you feel?

It makes me feel good. To be able to use my abilities from track and field on the football field to my advantage? It makes me feel really good. I am just glad that everybody realizes that if I can make that transition than everything is going to be fine.

Do you have any personal goals for this season?

Actually, I do. I just want to make sure I do the things I need to do, because the team will be successful.

What are your feelings as far as team goals?

I really can't answer that question right now because it is too early in the season. I mean we just began fall camp, so.

If you were not playing football, what would you want to do for the future?

I want to be a "CSI" guy. I want to check out crime scenes and figure out the people who are committing those crimes. That would be pretty fun.


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