Football is a year round gig for Rudy Hubbard but he is constricted in how much time he can be with his team on the field. Outside August through December, he serves as Rickards' weightlifting coach to have his team meet the physical demands of football.
Rickards' football and weightlifting coach Rudy Hubbard says,
"We have out own football weight training and that's really what I get excited about because I know it's going to pay benefits in the fall."
Three days a week from January till spring practice starts in May, his team is in the weightroom building up for the new season.
"What happens is, we're hoping to be strong enough well before that. We've been working since January actually, trying to get strong so that when we start spring practice, we're ready to go on through and keep going."
Entering his fourth season with the Raiders he has seen a big improvement but knows there still is work to be down before the first game in September.
"Big improvement. Rickards, one of the problems, traditionally with us is we've not had the big lineman. We've been getting beat over at the line of scrimmage for a long time and we're hoping to improve on that."
His first look at the improvements comes next month with the start of spring practice.