The Wichita Force have signed their first player of the 2018 season.
Quarterback Joe Hubener, from Kansas State, has joined the Force. Hubener was a walk-on at K-State and eventually earned a scholarship. After graduation, he took a job in Clearwater, KS as an assistant coach and teacher.
"I spent most of my life in the Wichita area, so it is exciting to be able to continue playing football so close to home. Football is something I've always had a passion for. I look forward to continuing to grow as a player with the Force and helping them continue to compete at a high level in the CIF,” Hubener said on being with the Force,
General Manager Stuart Schake commented, "We are glad to have Joe back in the Wichita area! Watching him compete in high school, then in the collegiate level, his competitiveness and passion for the game makes him a proven winner. We are looking forward to his skill set and transition to the arena game."
Hubener played in 25 games from 2013 to 2016. He competed 162-331 (48.9 percent) of his passes. He threw for 2,347 passing yards for 11 TDs and 12 INTs. Hubener finished with a passer rating of 112.2. He also rushed 230 times for 780 yards (3.4 avg), and 18 touchdowns.
Hubener is someone to be excited for, Force fans. At 6'5, 215lbs, he has all of the intangibles you look for in an arena football quarterback. He has good arm strength, and played well in the short game. He has decent timing on the ball, but places it very well. Hubener is also what most scouts call a "slinger" quarterback. Some of the best arena quarterbacks are this way. He's also pretty tough, and he spends time working on his game. He should develop pretty quickly.
To the Wichita Force fans; You have a bright future ahead. To the rest of the CIF; You've got a challenge at hand.