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Ohio State defensive end Sam Hubbard declares early for the NFL draft

Ohio State junior defensive end Sam Hubbard (6) prepares for a Trojan possession in the first quarter of the 2017 Cotton Bowl against University of Southern California on Dec. 29 in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Ohio State won 24-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo Editor

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.

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.

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