Former Ceres High standout quarterback Chris Lubinsky cemented his immediate future this past week when he accepted a full-ride scholarship from Kentucky’s Campbellsville University.
The Monterey Peninsula College sophomore signed a national letter of intent with the NAIA Division-I school on April 22.
“When I first got the scholarship offer three weeks ago, I couldn’t believe it,” said Lubinsky, who stands 6 feet, 4 inches tall and weighs 191 pounds. “It’s a dream come true. It’s all I ever wanted since I started playing football in elementary school. I’m excited to get out there and reward them for believing in me.”
Lubinsky’s parents, Ed and Carol, and sister, Megan, attended the signing ceremony. It was staged in MPC head coach Mike Rasmussen’s office.
“It was great to have my family there for such a big moment in my life. It meant the world to me. They’ve always been my biggest supporters. Without them, none of this would have been possible.”Chris Lubinsky
“It was great to have my family there for such a big moment in my life,” he said. “It meant the world to me. They’ve always been my biggest supporters. Without them, none of this would have been possible.”
Lubinsky threw for 2,253 yards with 21 touchdowns and just six interceptions during his lone season at quarterback for MPC this past fall.
He set career-high marks for passing yards and touchdowns, and rushing scores in the Lobos’ 61-33 blowout win of the previously-unbeaten Hartnell College Panthers in Golden Coast Conference play on Oct. 27.
He finished 17-for-20 with 459 yards, four TDs and no interceptions. He also had three rushing scores.
MPC handed Hartnell its first loss of the season and claimed the highly-coveted President’s Trophy.
The Lobos compiled a 5-5 overall record and finished third overall in the GCC standings (3-3).
“I really enjoyed experiencing college football for the first time,” he said. “I’m thankful for my coaches and teammates. They were very supportive. We did some great things. Obviously, I wish we could have done better.”
Lubinsky redshirted at MPC during the 2017 season.
“It was a tough transition,” he said. “I got every rep in high school. As a redshirt freshman, my only contributions were doing what I could do on the scout team to prepare our first-team defense. It served me well.”
“I maintained a positive attitude the whole experience,” Lubinsky added. “When I got my chance, I was prepared for it.”
Campbellsville amassed a 4-6 record and finished third in the Mid-South Conference Bluegrass Division (3-3) for the second year in a row in 2018.
The Tigers went 8-2 and 4-2 in 2017.
“From the conversations I’ve had with the coaching staff, I’ll have a chance to compete for the starting quarterback position,” said Lubinsky, who has three years of remaining eligibility. “They think I can help the program get back to where it used to be and compete for conference titles. I’m going to do everything I can to put our team in a great position to be successful.”
A two-year starter at Ceres High, Lubinsky led the Western Athletic Conference in touchdowns (15), yards (1,400), yards per game (280), completions (114), attempts (172) and rating (108.2) during his final season.
He tossed for 2,918 yards with 28 TDs and just eight picks while completing 65 percent of his passes.
Lubinsky threw for a career-high 466 yards, believed to be a program record, and three touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 42-41 loss to the Los Banos Tigers.
Chris joined elite company as one of Ceres High’s all-time greatest passers.
He completed 413 of 682 passes for 5,595 yards with 54 touchdowns and just 16 interceptions in 20 career games.
He earned first-team all-WAC honors for his outstanding play as a senior.
Lubinsky will report to Campbellsville’s fall football camp on Aug. 2.
“I should be getting a copy of the playbook in the next couple of days,” he said. “I feel I’ll be able to put myself in a position to get on the field right away. I’m going to work hard every day to get better.”
The next chapter in Lubinsky’s life will consist of being a student-athlete in the Midwest after spending his entire life in California.
“I’m really excited to get a chance to live in a different part of the country I’ve never seen before,” he said. “There are a lot of cool places in the area I’d like to go. I’m looking forward to experiencing new things and meeting new people.”