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How former NFL quarterbacks helped a two-sport Queen Creek athlete find success

Regardless of what sports Logan Hubler goes on to play, he’ll no doubt be fun to watch.

As an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach these past years, Max Hall has helped one player in particular shine. That player is Logan Hubler.

Hubler, who will be graduating from American Leadership Academy (ALA) this month, was a four year varsity player for the ALA football team, keeping the guidance from Max Hall the whole way. He lived at quarterback from a very young age.

“I went straight into quarterback,” he said. “It’s just kind of always been the natural position for me.”

Hall has been a huge part of Hubler’s journey. He took him on at an early age, as he’s done for several others. 

“I’ve been with Max for nine years now. He’s taught me everything I know about being a quarterback,” Hubler said about his mentor.

Hubler took on the starting quarterback role at ALA after Rand Jensen graduated in 2020. Jensen had led the Patriots to a state championship victory in his final season, before committing to play football at a D1 university. Hubler, a junior at the time, had big shoes to fill. Not only that, but ALA was being moved from the Arizona 3A Division to 4A. Even with all that, he was nothing but confident.

“I didn’t think there was any pressure on us,” he said. “At the end of the day, you’re just playing football.”

That season he posted a .664 completion percentage and passed for 2,554 yards, including a 303 yard game against their rival school Benjamin Franklin. He and the Patriots went undefeated in the regular season.

His senior year he only got better. With one season in 4A already under his belt, Hubler felt prepared for anything. His completion percentage rose to .711 and he passed for 2,762 yards, averaging over 250 yards per game. It was a historic season with the team making it to the open-division playoffs for the first time ever. Hubler credits their success to the coaches. 

“A huge part of (the success) is our coaches. No matter what happens, ALA with this coaching staff will be one of the best teams in the state,” he predicted.

Ty Detmer joining the coaching staff seemed to have an even bigger effect.

“(Detmer) was a huge addition. I think it took our offense and our team as a whole to the next level,” Hubler said about the BYU legend.

Despite his success in the passing game, it isn’t all Hubler is known for. He can run with the best of them. That final season, he rushed for 367 yards and seven touchdowns. He even averaged the same number of yards per carry as the Patriots’ starting running back. 

That doesn’t seem to surprise many, as Hubler has recently committed to compete in track and field at Brigham Young University, where both his coaches Hall and Detmer played football. He’s looking forward to starting his college career with the Cougars. 

“I'm mostly excited to join the group of guys that I’m gonna be with,” he said after visiting the campus, “I love the hard work they put in.”

Track and field wasn’t what he planned, but it’s still something he’s happy with.

“Initially track was just to get better for football,” he said. “As I competed more and raced more it became something serious.”

Regardless of what sports Logan Hubler goes on to play, he’ll no doubt be fun to watch.