Paul Hubbard's strengths are easy to see. He's a 6'4" 220 pound wide receiver who can stretch the field with his athleticism. More often than not, when he lines up against a cornerback he is taller, stronger, faster and a better leaper. That has always been the easy part for Hubbard, but now he wants to improve the mental aspects of his game. All signs point to him becoming a dominant player in the Big Ten next year.
"First of all it helps me a lot, those combinations; the speed, the power, the size," says Hubbard. "That's gonna build up my confidence right from the start and help me out this year. It will help me be a venerable presence out there on the field and pull all those combinations together."
Hubbard realizes that his physical advantages don't necessarily allow him to become a great player. His strength and conditioning coach Brian Bott stresses the two C's to his talented wide receiver; confidence and consistency. With a high confidence in his abilities, he now just needs to improve his consistency.
"I need to go out there and make plays more consistently, need to catches more balls and get some more touchdowns. Last year I stepped up occasionally, but this year I gotta step up every game."
The more difficult problem for Hubbard is to hold on to every ball. In some games he dropped more balls than he should have. His primary goal for next year is to fix his mental difficulties. Fortunately for Hubbard and the Badgers, his confidence makes it possible for him to improve his hands. He knows he could become one of the best wide receivers in the Big Ten.
For that to happen, Hubbard has to stay healthy all year. Last season he injured his ankle and suffered a concussion that kept him off the field for a while.