September 15, 2006

Hubbard making strides

MADSION, Wis. - There is one stat that University of Wisconsin junior wide receiver Paul Hubbard remembers from last week's 34-10 victory over Western Illinois.

"People come up to ask me, 'How many catches did you have?' I really don't know, but I know I had three drops," Hubbard said. "That's what I tell them. So, that's what I'm worried about. I want to focus on that and make sure I don't have any drops the next game."

The Badgers' (2-0) next game: 2:30 p.m. Saturday vs. San Diego State (0-1) at Camp Randall Stadium.

If the Badgers are looking for a go-to receiver heading into game three, Hubbard ranks closest to that tile. He leads the team with five receptions for 106 yards. As for a scoring threat at the position, none of the receivers are yet to catch a touchdown pass.

Despite his three drops last week, Hubbard finished the game with four receptions for 87 yards.

"I thought he did some good things," said UW wide receivers coach Henry Mason of Hubbard's effort against WIU. "He needs to do more. But I thought he did some good things. He made some plays. There are still some plays out there that he needs to make, or whoever is playing that position needs to make, so if we can get that kind of productivity we'll be in pretty good shape. He's averaging 21.2 yard per catch. If he can catch them all, it's pretty good."

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