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Hey, bubba, at Perry it’s hubba-hubba, Chubba

September 29th, 2018 SanTan Sun News
Hey, bubba, at Perry it’s hubba-hubba, Chubba
Sports and Recreation

By Joel Viss, Contributing Writer

Quarterback battles take place in football every summer, often without a unanimous winner going into fall camp.

Going into spring camp, Perry High’s competition was no different as Chubba Purdy and D’Shayne James competed. Chubba, a junior, is the younger brother of 2017 starting quarterback, Brock Purdy. James, a senior, was among Brock’s favorite targets, and a good friend of both Purdys.

“Me and D’Shayne, every day at practice, we would help each other out and ask each other questions,” Chubba said. “We were really close in just fighting for that job.”

“D’Shayne was lights out all spring, all summer and fall camp,” said Perry coach Preston Jones. “I don’t know if he made a bad read in all of our practices.”

This wasn’t the first time James went head-to-head against a Purdy brother. The last two summers, James was in heated competitions with Brock for the starting quarterback job before switching and becoming the Pumas’ leader in touchdown receptions. He has 103 for 1,909 yards in his career.

“I was doing it with his older brother last year, and now I have the little brother with me,” James said. “I saw Chubba more kind of like me in a way. He’s got a super strong arm. Super athletic. They’re both just crazy fanatics at football. Brock was phenomenally smart. I can’t even express how smart that kid was. Chubba excels more as an athlete. He’s got that power in his arm and all that other stuff.”

Jones also recognized a difference between the two.

“(Chubba) smiles a lot more often,” Jones said.

“That’s true,” Chubba said. “I feel like I’m a happy kid, and I see the fun in everything I do. No one wants to see a down person. I just love to smile.”

When James suffered a knee injury that likely will wipe out his season, Chubba became the default starter on a top-five team.

“He just needs to keep the team together,” James said. “Brock, last year, was really good at that. In dire situations or facing adversity, Brock would be calm and smooth with it, so I think Chubba will take those aspects that Brock had and put it into his own game.”

The expectations and comparisons to Brock, who now plays at Iowa State after winning Gatorade Player of the Year while leading the Pumas to the 6A title game last year, began.

“I think (Chubba) is turning into his own guy. He has his own personality,” Jones said. “He’s so much different than his brother personality-wise, therefore he doesn’t live in that shadow. I think people outside of our football family may put a shadow on him.”

Chubba felt a learning curve, yet the Pumas opened 2-1, falling only to Pinnacle, as Chubba completed 41 of 73 passes for 493 yards and six touchdowns.

Although Chubba is an upperclassman, he is a junior on a team with seniors.

“You’ve got to be vocal but at the same time you also have to be calm,” Chubba said. “Make sure that your guys know you are going to lead them. Every drive you just have to take it play by play and make sure everyone is relaxed and going with you and going with the flow.”

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