SE: K-State Sports Extra Q&A With Joe Hubener

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September 11, 2015
By Kelly McHugh-Stewart
Every month during the athletic year, K-State Sports Extra features a new student-athlete in its monthly Q&A special. This month, we caught up with K-State junior quarterback Joe Hubener before the Wildcats’ matchup with UTSA tomorrow morning at 11:00 a.m., in San Antonio, Texas. 
In K-State’s first game of the season, Hubener was thrown into a tough spot. After just two snaps, starting quarterback Jesse Ertz came out of the game and Hubener was rushed into action in the first series. It was a whirlwind of a way to start the season for the Cheney, Kansas, native, but, despite it all, he went on to lead K-State to a 34-0 victory over South Dakota last weekend.
In K-State’s home opener, Hubener completed 9-of-18 passes for 147 yards with one touchdown, while he rushed nine times for 39 yards. 
As a sophomore in 2014, he was the primary backup for Jake Waters and appeared in seven games where he completed 9-of-17 passes for a total of 235 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed for 142 yards and three scores. 
This weekend, Hubener will be making his first-career start with the Wildcats and his first start at quarterback since his JV playing days as a sophomore in high school.
Here’s what he had to say:
Sports Extra: You ended up on the field pretty quickly in the first game. Were you ready?
Joe Hubener: I was a little nervous of course. I didn’t expect to be on the field in the third play of the game, but I knew I had to step in and play my game.
SE: Running out onto the field in front of a sell-out crowd in Bill Snyder Family Stadium, what is the adrenaline like in that moment?
JH: The adrenaline is crazy; I’ve experienced it before having played in some games last year, but it’s awesome running out there in front of 50,000 purple fans screaming. It’s just awesome.
SE: This weekend you’ll make your first start in a K-State uniform. What is that feeling like?
JH: It’s exciting, a dream come true. It’s something I dreamed about as a little kid. Getting that first start is awesome, but the road doesn’t end there. There’s a lot more football to be played and a lot higher goals to be achieved.
SE: This year’s offense has a ton of young guys. Do you like what you’re seeing from them?
JH: We definitely have a lot of young players out there, and that’s exciting to see. It shows we have some up-and-coming talent. Dominique Heath is a redshirt freshman and he played tremendous last weekend, and Justin Silmon and Dalvin Warmack got out there as well, along with Winston Dimel. All those guys did a fantastic job and they’re all incredibly talented. And then Dalton Risner got his first start on the offensive line as well and did a tremendous job.
SE: You guys are hitting the road pretty early this year with the upcoming game against UTSA. How is the team feeling heading into San Antonio? 
JH: This is definitely exciting. It’s not an opportunity you get every year to go on the road and play a non-conference opponent, so this is an exciting opportunity for us to go in, show what we can do and handle business on the road.
SE: Who is the funniest guy on this year’s K-State offense?
JH: The funniest guy, I would have to say is Will Ash. He’s a second string offensive lineman and he’s hilarious. I would have to say he’s he funniest guy on this year’s offense. 
SE: Now for a few questions about you… When you’re not on the field playing football, what is something people can find you doing?
JH: Oh man, I like to watch movies, so you’ll find me there every now and then. I’m also a big fan of Taco Lucha. I go down there and eat some tacos every now and then.
SE: What is your favorite movie?
JH: I’m a big Will Ferrell fan. I think Will Ferrell is hilarious, so I like all of his movies.
SE: Is there an NFL player you look up to the most?
JH: I’m a big Payton Manning fan. I think he’s a tremendous quarterback. The way he commands his offense – he’s an offensive coordinator on the field, and that’s incredible. 
SEFinally, what’s the best part about being a student-athlete at K-State?
JH: Really, just getting the opportunity to continue playing football has been the best thing. It’s something I loved ever since I was little, and to be able to continue that opportunity here has been huge.
Taking place in San Antonio’s Alamodome, tomorrow’s game against the UTSA Roadrunners is set to kick off at 11:00 a.m. and will be aired nationally on Fox Sports 1. For a game preview, game notes and more, please click here
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On the heels of this past weekend's dedication and grand opening of the $68 million Vanier Family Football Complex, Kansas State Athletics officially launched the public campaign for the next step in the transformation of Bill Snyder Family Stadium.  
When completed, the $15 million Phase IIIB will complete the northeast corner of the stadium as envisioned in the 2010 Master Plan and for the first time ever provide K-State fans with a complete stadium bowl as well as other spectator and operational enhancements, Athletics Director John Currie announced.

To continue reading about the “Complete the Bowl” campaign, please click here

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