Since the beginning of August and through Friday, the Star is featuring some of Southern Arizona’s top high school football players to watch this fall. Our series continues today with Catalina Foothills kicker Grant Hubble, who was perfect in extra-point attempts last season.
The rundown: Grant Hubble, K/DB, 5-10, 160, Catalina Foothills, senior
Who he is: The top kicker in the state with the on-field athleticism to make an impact at strong safety. When coach Jeff Scurran arrived at Foothills, he started off by asking the team if there were any players on junior varsity or elsewhere that should be a part of the team. Hubble’s name was the first to come up. Hubble, a starting defender on the soccer team as well, didn’t exactly begin his varsity career on the right foot. At Desert View in Week 1, Hubble slipped on the opening kickoff, shanked his first field goal attempt wide right and missed his second as well. Yet each time he returned to the sidelines, Hubble remained positive, Scurran said. His unwavering confidence proved justifiable, as Hubble “got rid of the bad juju,” as he described it, and nailed the final seven kicks of the season, including two crucial 40-plus-yard kicks in narrow losses to Cienega and Canyon del Oro. Scurran called him the ultimate team player, but added he has a comedic sense for the room. Before the Falcons’ season finale against Maricopa, a must-win game for Foothills’ playoff hopes, Hubble helped break the tension and set the tone for the eventual victory by performing the best Scurran imitation the legendary coach had ever seen. The kicker came out in a visor and a Florida jersey, with Scurran’s old number taped to the back.
Proof he’s good: His focus. Hubble converted all 46 of his extra-point attempts last season, a luxury every coach craves. Hubble takes it one kick at a time, allowing everything to leave his mind after he takes his steps to be in position. For the physical aspect of the position, he attended several kicking camps over the offseason to improve his accuracy and technique. The biggest change for Hubble this season comes with his additional duty at strong safety, bucking the stereotype of unathletic kickers. In fact, Scurran said he could have seen Hubble as a running back if Foothills had needed help at the position.
He said it: “He communicates like an adult. Actually, I wish most of the adults I know would communicate like he does.” — Scurran