Stubbs prepares to lead Fort Bend Christian by example
By Michael Sudhalter
Ty Stubbs may be 5-foot-11 and 305 pounds, but he’s surprisingly fast off the ball.
“He’s a big guy, but he has great feet,” Fort Bend Christian Academy head football coach Dave Roberts said. “In baseball, he’s a pitcher and first baseman. He’s played the last two years with a torn labrum, so he should be (even) better than he’s been (now that he’s healthy).”
That’s scary news for opposing linemen on the Eagles’ schedule.
Stubbs, an 18-year-old Sugar Land resident, was all-state TAPPS 4A selection on the offensive and defensive lines as a right guard and defensive tackle, respectively.
Kentucky, Memphis and Rice and some Division II programs have expressed interest in Stubbs, who had shoulder surgery in January and then spent the summer working out and training at Snap Fitness in Missouri City.
Snap Fitness owner Jordan Black, a former Notre Dame football standout and a 10-year NFL veteran offensive lineman, happens to be the Eagles’ line coach as well.
“Ty Stubbs can be as dominant on the offensive and defensive lines as he wants to be,” Black said. “He’s put in the time and is passionate about the game. He lost 35 pound in two months through diet and exercise. He’s taken charge as a senior.”
Stubbs returns as part of an experienced defensive line, but he’ll have to mentor the offensive line, which doesn’t have as much experience, in advance of the Eagles’ season opener on Aug. 29 at Danbury.
While many of his peers were playing Junior Varsity as freshmen and sophomores, Stubbs was on the varsity team.
He was on the 2011 squad that lost its playoff opener and starred on last season’s 7-3 squad that missed the playoffs by the closest of margins.
“Last year, we did a lot of counters – I pulled a lot,” Stubbs said.
Stubbs is adept at pass blocking and run blocking, but he prefers the latter.
“Run blocking has the pancake type of mentality,” Stubbs said. “(Going unnoticed by fans and others) doesn’t bother me. I know my job and the coaches see what I do. If we win, I know I did a good job.”
Stubbs would like to play college football, but if that doesn’t work out, he plans on continuing the family tradition of attending Texas A&M.
Regardless of whether he plays, he’d like to study Mechanical Engineering.
“It’s interesting,” Stubbs said. “I like building things and putting things together.”
Stubbs currently has a 4.5 grade point average (on a 5.0 scale) and is enrolled in three Advanced Placement classes this semester.
His philosophy for excelling at athletics and academics is simple.
“I practice, go home, and do schoolwork until I’m done,” Stubbs said.
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