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56 DAYS TO 2019 KICKOFF: Wyatt Hubert

In which BracketCat counts down the 56th day until the 2019 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State defensive end Wyatt Hubert.

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#56 Wyatt Hubert
It will be interesting to see if Wyatt Hubert (56) can hold on to his starting DE job under a new coach like he did this TCU running back’s leg.
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#56 Wyatt Hubert

Redshirt Sophomore | 6-3 | 255 lbs. | Topeka, Kansas
Wyatt Hubert
Wyatt Hubert
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Defensive End
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Starter
  • Status: On Scholarship

Wyatt Anthony Hubert (b. June 13, 1998) is an athletic and tough defensive end who redshirted in 2017 and had a stellar debut season as a redshirt freshman in 2018.

Hubert saw action in all 12 games in 2018, with seven starts, en route to Freshman All-America honors from USA TODAY Sports.

He carded 34 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks on the year, to go along with a pass breakup and an interception against Mississippi State.

Hubert led all Big 12 freshmen in tackles for loss per game (0.71), while he was second among freshmen in sacks per game (0.38), the latter ranking third in the nation.

He set a season high with five tackles against Texas Tech, a game that featured a season-best two sacks and a season-high-tying two tackles for loss. His other game with two tackles for loss was at TCU, while he also had a sack against Kansas and 1.5 sacks at Baylor.

Hubert recorded four tackles against Mississippi State, Baylor, TCU and Kansas. His interception and subsequent 11-yard return against Mississippi State led to a touchdown.

A highly touted in-state defender who graduated high school early to grayshirt, he played at Shawnee Heights High School under head coach Jason Swift.

Hubert was rated the nation’s 29th-best strongside defensive end in the Class of 2017 by Rivals, while he was ranked as the second-best player in the state of Kansas by ESPN.

He earned a spot on the USA Today Sports/American Family Insurance All-USA Kansas team, in addition to All-Midlands Region honors from PrepStar.

Hubert also picked up all-state honors as a senior from The Topeka Capital-Journal, The Wichita Eagle and the Kansas Football Coaches Association, while he was an honorable mention selection as a junior.

He totaled 124 career tackles, 43 tackles for loss and 20.5 sacks. He finished his senior season with 63 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks en route to Centennial League Defensive Player of the Year, all-league, and all-city honors.

Hubert also played tight end, totaling 39 career receptions for 500 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He was selected to play in the 2017 Kansas Shrine Bowl, and also participated in wrestling and track and field.

Here’s what Bill Snyder had to say about Hubert’s intangibles prior to the 2018 spring game:

“Wyatt makes headway constantly. He’s one of those young guys that is really into it and really cares about it. It makes a difference to him. He tries to do what coaches ask of him, and he is a guy that gives it his very best effort every snap. Guys like that are always going to make some headway, and he continues to do so. Good young guy.”