Three-year starter Sam Hubbard is moving on from Ohio State.
The redshirt junior defensive end announced the day after his team’s 24-7 win in the Cotton Bowl that he will be entering the 2018 NFL draft, leaving the Buckeyes with just three defensive ends on their roster next season.
— Sam Hubbard (@Sam_Hubbard_) December 30, 2017
Hubbard recorded 13.5 tackles for loss, seven sacks and 42 total tackles in 2017. He picked up second-team All-Big Ten honors from the media and coaches.
In his first season as a starter in 2015, Hubbard registered 6.5 sacks, which ranked second on the team. He had eight tackles for loss in 2015 and 2016. He was named to the Freshman All-American team by USA Today in 2015 and honorable mention All-Big Ten by coaches and media in 2016.
After redshirting in 2014, Hubbard started in all 40 games in three seasons.
Originally recruited as a safety, Hubbard is currently ranked as the No. 7 defensive line prospect in the 2018 draft class by ESPN’s Todd McShay.