A new face will be taking the snaps for Texas A&M in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, as sophomore quarterback Jake Hubenak will make his FBS starting debut. Hubenak, who split time this season between the backup and third-string quarterback roles, steps in at what has suddenly become a position of need for the Aggies after the transfers of Kyle Allen and Kyler Murray. In four appearances, Hubenak is 12-for-27 passing for 92 yards and one touchdown.
So, who is Hubenak? Where did he come from? That and more answered in our five things to know:
1. He always wanted to be an Aggie: When Hubenak committed to Texas A&M back in May (as a late signee in the 2015 recruiting class), he posted a photo of himself as a child donning a Texas A&M helmet and a maroon jersey with his last name on the back and the number 10. He wears No. 7 currently but it still worked out like he dreamed as a child.
Excited to announce I've committed to Texas A&M University! Can't wait to get started! Gig'Em 👍🏼 pic.twitter.com/QIY2KshOvZ— Jake Hubenak (@hubenak_j) May 9, 2015
2. He took an unusual path to Texas A&M: Hubenak wasn’t heavily recruited out of high school; an injury that wiped out his junior season at Georgetown (Texas) High School contributed to that, since many top quarterback recruits commit to schools before their senior season begins. Hubenak walked on at Oklahoma State in 2013, where he redshirted, and then he transferred to Blinn College in Brenham, Texas, where he put up big-time numbers: He completed 216 of 333 passes (64.9 percent) for 4,052 yards and 47 touchdowns with only nine interceptions in eight games at Blinn in 2014. It was at Blinn where A&M and other schools took notice. He was also recruited by Florida.
3. He had impressive prep credentials: He had a stellar senior year at Georgetown High, throwing for 4,108 yards and 48 touchdowns. He led the Eagles to a 15-1 record in 2012 and a state championship game appearance. Hubenak was 19-1 as a starter at the prep level, won Central Texas Player of the Year in 2012 from the Austin American-Stateman, and won the state's Class 4A Player of the Year award that year.
4. He was teammates with a current A&M wide receiver before his arrival: While at Blinn, Hubenak played with Damion Ratley, who also signed with the Aggies in the 2015 recruiting class. At Blinn, Ratley caught 45 passes for 1,197 yards and 20 touchdowns. Ratley has started six games for the Aggies so far this season and has 15 receptions for 200 yards and two touchdowns. Now that Hubenak is the starter, perhaps the two will rekindle their old connection in the Music City Bowl.
Uh-oh he's back! pic.twitter.com/BW6XAmFIxS— Damion Ratley (@DamionRatley) December 17, 2015
5. His nickname is Seabiscuit: Hubenak's high school coach, Jason Dean, called him Seabiscuit according to TexAgs.com.
Jake Hubenak's high school coach called him Seabiscuit. "show him the whip and he'll do anything in the world for you." No prodding needed.— Olin Buchanan (@olinbuchanan) December 18, 2015