Zac Tubbs
Offensive Line
Personal information
Date of birth: {{{birthdate}}}
Place of birth: Cullman, Alabama
Career information
College: Arkansas
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Buffalo Bills ( 2007)*
Career highlights and awards
*CFN First-Team All-Bowl Team (2003)
  • Preseason Second-Team All-SEC (2005, 2006)
  • Lon Farrell Academic Honor Roll (2005)
  • SEC Coaches First-Team All-SEC (2006)
  • First-Team All-SEC (2006)
  • Hula Bowl All-Star Game Invitee (2006)
  • 2x SEC West Champion (2002, 2006)
  • Nelson Rainey Award Winner (2007)
  • Second-team All-IFL (2010)
  • Arkansas Democrat-Gazette All-Arkansas SEC Third Team (2017)

Zac Tubbs (born May 14, 1984) is a former Division I athlete who earned athletic honors on the high school, collegiate, and professional level. He was named to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's All-Arkansas SEC Third Team on August 6, 2017. [1]

High school career[edit | edit source]

Tubbs attended Cullman High School in his hometown of Cullman, Alabama. Known for being tremendously strong in the weight room,[2] he garnered nearly every recognition available in his high school career. Named a Max Emfinger four-star recruit,[3] Tubbs was selected to The Birmingham News Super All-State Team,[4] the Alabama Sports Writers Association Super 12 Team,[5][6] and the Mobile Press-Register Elite 18 Team.[7] The Birmingham News and Alabama Sports Writers Association both tabbed him a first-team Class 5A All-State selection.[8] Tubbs started at left tackle in the Alabama vs. Mississippi All-Star Game Classic.[9] listed Tubbs as the No.1 offensive lineman[10] in Alabama while 247 Sports composite rankings listed him as the No.1 OT and No.24 overall player. [11] Tubbs signed a full scholarship [12] to the University of Arkansas after being recruited by Georgia, Michigan, Notre Dame, Stanford, Alabama, and the Naval Academy.[13][14] PrepStar on Tubbs: “Tubbs is a gamer. He is very coachable and he learns quick. Zac had 107 pancake blocks and graded out at 93% his senior year. A tremendous pass blocker, Tubbs hasn’t allowed a sack his entire high school career." [15]

College career[edit | edit source]

Tubbs was a four-year letterman and team captain for the University of Arkansas football team. He earned his first career start as a true freshman against Louisiana Lafayette[16] and was only one of two true freshmen to see playing time in the SEC Championship Game against Georgia.[17] As a sophomore, Tubbs was named to the College Football News first-team All-Bowl Team[18] after the Hogs beat Missouri in the 2003 Independence Bowl. Tubbs started the first five games of his junior season at right tackle and was playing at an All-SEC pace before suffering a severe, season-ending injury.[19] Tubbs was tabbed a preseason second-team All-SEC selection in 2005[20] and 2006, [21] and was named to the Lon Farrell Academic Honor Roll. Prior to redshirting in 2005 due to injury, Tubbs was extended an invitation to play in the Las Vegas All-American Classic postseason All-Star Game.

Tubbs earned several first-team All-SEC honors[22][23] as a senior and was presented with the Nelson Rainey Award for character. He was extended an invitation to play in the Hula Bowl, a post-season All-Star Game. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette placed Tubbs on its All-Arkansas SEC Third Team[24] in 2017. The team was composed of Arkansas' best football players since joining the Southeastern Conference. He was also named to's "Most underrated Razorbacks in the era" list. [25]

Professional career[edit | edit source]

Described as a strong run-blocking lineman who plays with a nasty attitude,[26] Tubbs signed a free agent contract with the Buffalo Bills following the 2007 NFL Draft. [27] Following his release from Buffalo, he signed with Team Arkansas in the newly formed All-American Football League.[28] Tubbs spent 2009[29] and 2010[30] with the Sioux Falls Storm of the Indoor Football League, where he posted 128 knockdown blocks and earned second-team All-IFL honors in 2010.[31] He signed with the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League in 2012 but retired before the season.[32]

Athletic Pedigree[edit | edit source]

His father, Kerry, was a Class 2A All-State basketball player and collegiate All-American who held the Cullman County basketball scoring title for over thirty years.[33] His grandfather, Murry "Stubby" Trimble, was a one-armed All-Southwestern Conference guard at Texas A&M who helped the Aggies claim the SWC Championship in 1956 under Bear Bryant. [34] [35] His great uncle, Wayne Trimble, won two National Championships at the University of Alabama under Bear Bryant and was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth round of the 1967 NFL Draft.[36]

Hall of Fame[edit | edit source]

Tubbs was inducted into the Minor League Football Hall of Fame in 2013 and the Cullman High School Student-Athlete Hall of Fame in 2017.

References[edit | edit source]

  2. Kirk, O., & Henry, C. (2002, March). Hogs Land Solid Class. Hawgs Illustrated, 11(4), 37.
  3. Max Eminger's Top 21. 2002.
  4. "Birmingham News Super All-State Team". 2001. Retrieved 2013-05-12.
  5. "ASWA Super 12". 2001. Retrieved 2013-05-12.
  6. "Alabama All-State Football Teams: Super 12". 2003-02-04.,145946. Retrieved 2013-05-12.
  7. "Mobile Register Elite 18". 2001-08-05. Retrieved 2013-05-12.
  8. "Alabama High School Football Players". 2001. Retrieved 2013-05-12.
  9. Hart, J. (2002, February 20). Tubbs named to state All-Star team. The Cullman Times, pp. 1B, 4B
  10. "Offensive Lineman". 2002. Retrieved 2013-05-12.
  11. 2002 Top Alabama Football Recruits. 247 Sports. 2002.
  12. Kirk, O. (2001, November 17). Tubbs, Morgan Commit to Hogs. Hawgs Illustrated, 10(18), 30
  13. Kirk, O., & Henry, C. (2002, March). Hogs Land Solid Class. Hawgs Illustrated, 11(4), 37.
  14. Harvey, R. (2002). Liking UA in a big way. Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, p.1C, 3C.
  15. "PrepStar Player Profile". 2002. Retrieved 2013-05-12.
  16. Marberry, J (2002-11-15). "Tubbs to start at tackle for Hogs against UL Lafayette". Log Cabin Democrat. Retrieved 2013-05-12.
  17. Dearman, D (2004-09-02). "No experience necessary". The Arkansas Traveler. Retrieved 2013-05-12.
  18. Fallstrom, R.B (2004-01-01). "Arkansas masters Missouri, wins Independence Bowl". Retrieved 2013-05-12.
  19. Capshaw, M (2004-10-06). "Tubbs Suffers Broken Ankle". The Morning News. Retrieved 2013-05-12.
  20. "Tubbs Named Second-Team All-SEC; Arkansas Picked Fourth in the West". Razorback Media Relations. 2005-07-28. Retrieved 2013-05-12.
  21. "Three Razorbacks are first-team All-SEC choices by coaches". 2006-07-21. Retrieved 2013-05-12.
  22. "2006 All-SEC Football Team Announced". SEC Digital Network. 2006-12-05. Retrieved 2013-05-12.
  23. Kennedy, S (2006-12-12). "All-SEC Team". Retrieved 2013-05-12.
  25. Biddy, T.(2016, July 31).Most underrated Razorbacks in the era.
  26. "2007 Rookie Profiles: Offensive Lineman". 2007. Retrieved 2013-05-12.
  27. Wilson, A. (2007, May 16). Bills rookies get a look at the city. The Buffalo News, p.A2
  28. Harris, J (2008-03-03). "AAFL’s Team Arkansas Loads Up on Talent". ArkansasSports360. Retrieved 2013-05-12.
  29. "Storm Sign Former Arkansas Standout". 2009-03-16. Retrieved 2013-05-12.
  30. "Mammoth O-Lineman Commits to Storm for 2010". 2009-12-18. Retrieved 2013-05-12.
  31. "Storm’s Terry, Tubbs Named 2nd Team All-IFl". 2010-06-24. Retrieved 2013-05-12.
  32. "Allen Wranglers Add Experience to Offense". 2011-10-21. Retrieved 2013-05-12.
  33. Lumpkin, B. (2003).Tubbs winner in every sense. The Cullman Times, pp. 1B, 4B.
  34. Turner, S. (2000, April 7). Trimble was one of the ‘Junction Boys’. The Cullman Times, p.1B.
  35. Winfrey, J. (2015, October 14). Hanceville's 'Stubby' Trimble remembered for toughness. The Cullman Times.
  36. Darling, E., Voit, S., & Crutchfield, G. (2000, April 20). Hall of Fame to be wonderful asset to Cullman area. The Cullman Times, p.1B.
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