Hubbs earns Special Teams Player of the Week with trio of field goals

Hubbs earns Special Teams Player of the Week with trio of field goals

Maryville College's Ian Hubbs earned USA South Special Teams Player of the Week, as the senior kicker went 3-for-3 on field goals against the No. 18 Centre College Colonels.

Hubbs – a Palm Coast, Fla. native – notched kicks of 38, 36 and 44 yards. He also went 1-of-2 on extra points for the Scots.

"It's expected," Head Coach Shaun Hayes said of Hubbs. "I trust Ian, and I tried to make sure that I put us in position to win a football game and trust my kids in the situation we're in. I didn't go for it twice on fourth down, and we kicked field goals. There's never a doubt in my mind that Ian was going to make them. He's done a really good job in his fifth year, and you can tell he's grown up. He's taking care of his body, and if he can continue that, it's going to help us being able to win. It's hard to score when you get down there tight, and he puts pressure on other teams just by the simple fact that if you get in the red zone, you should get three."

The redshirt senior also added six punts for 199 yards, including a 41-yard boot. He averaged 33.2 yards per punt, placing one inside the 20.

Hubbs has been a staple for the Scots over the last four seasons, as he gave Maryville a 16-0 lead early on Saturday. Hubbs opened the scoring with a 38-yard field goal at the 12:55 mark of the first quarter. After a long 61-yard return by Shemar Collier, Hubbs' kick gave the Scots a 3-0 lead early.

The senior kicker added an extra point following an eight-play, 85-yard drive with 3:43 left in the first. His PAT put the Scots up 10-0 early on, as MC controlled the ground game.

Centre rallied for a 21-16 score, as Hubbs cut it to two after Maryville found a 14-play drive that covered 6:37. Hubbs' 36-yard boot made the score 21-19 with 7:42 left in the third.

The Scots' senior had one last opportunity, as MC's drive stalled midway through the fourth. Hubbs kicked a 44-yard field goal – the third longest of his career – to make the final score, 27-22.

"I don't even know how far it is half the time," Hayes said. "I look and thing we're pretty close, and I just say, 'Go.' A lot of people look at me, but to me, it isn't the distance. It's just kind of a feel. He'll communicate with me on conditions about how far he thinks he can go. The way he and I have worked together and our relationship, we're honest and open. The snap, the hold and the kick, it was great. Everything was perfect, even the protection. Last year, they blocked one on us. He was a little slow on the extra point that got tipped, but I can tell you that the 44-yarder, he drove. He kicked. Ian has a super strong leg, and he has the ability to lift the football. He's a special, special gift that we have. Most teams don't realize how special he is, unless they don't have it."

The 6-foot-1 kicker's final boot of the game ranks behind 46- and 45-yard kicks from two seasons ago. His career long of 46 came against Methodist University – a game in which he tied the school record with a 5-for-5 performance.

In his four-year career, Hubbs has made 33 field goals. He's notched kicks of 40-plus yards in each of his four seasons clad in Orange and Garnet.

The senior has a 92-percent rate on extra points, going 89-of-97. He's added 188 career points for Maryville College, while averaging 32.1 yards per punt during his final season.

Hubbs looks to lead the Scots this weekend, as Maryville hosts Hanover College on Honaker Field. Kickoff for the non-conference game is slated for 1:00 p.m.