Gore’s Jason Hubler: Athlete of the Month – Presented by Green Country Drug of Gore

By Nick Hampton / Photo by Vickie Tincher @vypelady

Jason Hubler is a vital part of trying to repeat the past at Gore High School according to his coach Brandon Tyler.

“One of the things I’m hoping to see happen this season is that we’re still playing football on Thanksgiving weekend and beyond. That’s something that has happened only once at Gore when I was a senior here in 1990,” said Tyler.

Sitting at 4-1, leading the district and being ranked in the top ten in Class A, it’s players like Hubler that are a key part of trying to make that happen according to Tyler.

“Jason’s been a valuable asset for us this season. He plays some running back, wide receiver and safety on defense and I think he’s scored in every aspect of the game so far. He’s really stepped up and become a good senior leader.”

For Hubler getting to this point is the culmination of a life-long dream.

“When I was young my dad talked a lot about playing when he was in high school and I just looked up to him and wanted to follow in his footsteps,” said Hubler who is happy in his role on offense of being a utility player.

Leadership is a big deal for this likeable senior who remembers how it was in his younger days.

“We’ve got a lot of freshmen playing and I remember when I was a freshman how I looked up to the seniors and so I try to be there for our freshmen and show them the ropes,” said Hubler. “Probably the most important thing I learned from those seniors is to go all-out from the start every time you’re on the field. You can’t just turn it on and off.”

To be that kind of player, it often takes someone behind the scenes giving a little push when needed and for Jason that’s his mother.

“She’s always there and she’s on my butt every time I let up,” he chuckled.

An excellent student, Hubler is a member of the National Honor Society, on the yearbook committee and president of the student council. Being the fastest player on the team, according to his coach, Jason is also a sprinter during track season running the 100 and 200-meter dashes and in the relay events. He’s one of those guys that likes to be where the action is and one of the reasons that playing safety is his favorite part of Friday nights.

“A lot happens at safety. You have to be able to ready offenses and be on top of receivers and ball carriers when they least expect it,” said Hubler who has a goal of making All-State this year and pursuing an engineering degree in college.