Chuba Hubbard shuns the label. After 103 carries and 642 yards in just four games, the label no longer really applies anyway. But in Hubbard's mind, it has never defined him.
The label - a track star playing football - is flat-out wrong.
"Ever since I played football, I've just kind of been known as a track guy," Hubbard said. "Everyone just kind of pictures me as a guy who puts on a jet sweep or something like that."
That perception might have once been justified. Before Hubbard arrived at Oklahoma State, his accolades as a three-time Canadian age-group champion in the 100m dash outweighed his football accomplishments. Track is Hubbard's second love; he focuses solely on the gridiron these days, but he accepted an invitation to join the school's track and field team as a freshman.
And by now, anyone who clings to that old label hasn't watched Hubbard play. The 20-year-old sophomore has emerged as one of the nation's best running backs and the Cowboys' bell cow, shouldering the heaviest workload in college football on his 6-foot-1, 210-pound frame.