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The Oilers wore Oklahoma State hats post-practice for the local running back bidding for the Heisman Trophy as NCAA football's most outstanding player

by Jamie Umbach /

EDMONTON, AB - Hats crested with Oklahoma State University topped the heads of Oilers around the dressing room on Friday in support of 'Canada's Cowboy'.

That cowboy is Chuba Hubbard, the local Edmonton, Alberta product and running back currently making waves in the race for the Heisman Trophy as the NCAA's current leader in rushing yards for the No. 22-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys.

The former Canadian track sensation and Bev Facey Falcons star leads the NCAA with 1,604 rushing yards through nine games - just over 150 yards more than the next best - with 18 touchdowns and seven-consecutive games with 100-plus yards.

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Safe to say, the Oilers have taken notice.

"I think he's a great role model for not only Edmontonians, but for Canadians playing football," Matt Benning, a fellow local product, said of Hubbard. "A lot of the guys have been following him and tuning in and watching NCAA coverage, so I'm really happy for him."

It takes one to know one if you're Benning, who competed for three years in the Hockey East Conference with Northeastern University.

"That NCAA culture and that sort of thing is so big," Benning said. "We didn't have a football team, but there were some football teams around. The supporting cast that they have, and then you get the added support of everyone in Canada rooting for him and supporting him, it's special."

When you receive a personalized message from The Great One, you're doing something right, as seen in the below video message posted back on October 16.

Tweet from @Hubbard_RMN: Thank you Wayne Gretzky and the Oilers for the support it means a lot.🙏🏾 I am so blessed and grateful to be able to represent Edmonton and all of Canada🇨🇦 @EdmontonOilers @WayneGretzky

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