6 Sam Hubbard

Sam Hubbard Ohio State
usaUnited States
Cincinnati, OH
High School
Archbishop Moeller
Past Teams
Ohio State
2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Post-OSU Update: Sam Hubbard entered the 2018 NFL Draft and was selected 77th overall (3rd round) by the Cincinnati Bengals. Hubbard has played his entire career with the Bengals and has started since his second year in the league. Hubbard has been an effective pass rusher, averaging about 6 sacks a season. (updated: Jan. 2024)

Jersey #: 6 (2015-17), 88 (2014)

Major: Finance (2016-17), Business Administration (2015)

Weight: 265 (2017), 266 (2016), 265 (2015), 236 (2014)

2017 Media Guide: Sam Hubbard is a fourth-year junior who is emerging into a force on the Ohio State defensive line … already a veteran of 26 games played and 14 starts at defensive end … he ranks second on the team in both career tackles-for-loss (16.0 for 86 yards) and quarterback sacks (10.0) … also has a full line of statistics, including 74 career tackles, an interception, three pass break-ups, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble … pursuing his degree in finance … spent a week at Goldman Sachs in New York City in 2016 and spent time with JPMorgan Chase this past spring … Hubbard is the 30th first-team Academic All-American for the football program and the third in two years … center Jacoby Boren and kicker Jack Willoughby were first-team Academic All-Americans in 2015.

2016: Hubbard started every game and was second on the team among defensive linemen with 46 tackles … contributed 8.0 tackles-for-loss, including 3.5 sacks, and two pass break-ups … set career high with six tackles against Penn State and Michigan … had five stops in wins over Wisconsin and Nebraska.

2016 Media Guide: Sam Hubbard is a rising star for the Buckeyes and is coming off a freshman All-America campaign in 2015 … Hubbard, first noticed at Moeller High School by coach Urban Meyer playing dodgeball, came to Ohio State as a safety but coaches experimented with him at tight end and linebacker during a red-shirt freshman campaign in 2014 … he ultimately settled in nicely along the defensive line … he’s done well off the playing field as well with two OSU Scholar-Athlete honors and one Academic All-Big Ten honor while pursuing his degree in finance … visited Goldman Sachs in New York City this summer.

2015: Hubbard was named a freshman All-American by USA Today … he earned the start in the season opener against Virginia Tech and was a key back-up in the final 12 games for the 12-1 Buckeyes … he was in on 414 plays as a freshman with 333 on defense plus an additional 81 on special teams … recorded 28 tackles, including eight tackles-for-losses totaling 44 yards plus 6.5 quarterback sacks … he also recorded an interception (vs. Maryland), a pass break-up, three quarterback pressures, a forced fumble and had two fumble recoveries … was in on a career-high four tackles three times: vs. Virginia Tech, Western Michigan and Notre Dame … also had a career-high 55 snaps in the win over Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl.

2015 Media Guide: Sam Hubbard came to Ohio State as an all-state safety and an athlete … coaches experimented with him at linebacker during a red-shirt freshman campaign in 2014 but ultimately settled on the defensive line for him … now more than 35 pounds heavier and stronger than when he arrived,
Hubbard has a bright future along the defensive line … an OSU Scholar-Athlete.

2014 Media Guide: Sam Hubbard was a first-team Associated Press Division I all-state safety in 2013 and was rated by Scout as the No. 1 player in the state of Ohio and a five-star recruit … he projects as a linebacker at Ohio State and Scout ranked him the No. 2 OLB prospect in the nation while Rivals and ESPN rated him No. 37 and No. 43, respectively … also highly rated overall nationally by Scout (No. 29) and Rivals (No. 124) and as the No. 9 athlete by 247Sports.

High School: Hubbard led Archbishop Moeller to consecutive Division I state championships as a junior and senior … he recorded 109 tackles and five interceptions as a senior, including a 10-tackle performance against Mentor in the 2013 state title game to cap a 14-1 season … also had a fumble recovery, interception and blocked extra point vs. Mentor … all five of his 2013 interceptions came in the state playoffs, including two vs. St. Xavier … Hubbard had 75 tackles and two interceptions for Moeller’s 2012 state champion team that finished 12-3.

Personal: An outstanding lacrosse player, as well, who considered playing college lacrosse before choosing to be a Buckeye … is the son of Amy and Jim Hubbard.


SeasonTeamGGSFRDef TD
2015Ohio State13120
2016Ohio State131300
2017Ohio State14600


SeasonTeamGGSTklSoloAsstTFLTFL YdsSacksSack YdsFFFRIntInt YdsPBUBlkDef TD
2015Ohio State1312816128.0446.5411210100
2016Ohio State13134621258.0423.5310000200
2017Ohio State14642271513.5727.0492000000