Hasise Dubois totaled 24 receptions for 219 yards and one touchdown his first two seasons at the University of Virginia. The last two seasons were different for the 6’3”, 215-pound wide receiver. He matured on and off the field and benefitted from the arrival of quarterback Bryce Perkins, with whom he developed an immediate on-field connection, and as a result rose to prominence in the Cavalier program.
Dubois’ breakout season was 2018, when he finished with 52 catches for 578 yards and five touchdowns. He built on those numbers in a big way in 2019, becoming an essential piece of UVA’s success. As a senior Dubois racked up 75 catches for 1,062 yards and six touchdowns while helping the Hoos capture the ACC Coastal Division title, claim the Commonwealth Cup, and earn a berth in the Capital One Orange Bowl.
Pro Football Focus graded Dubois as the fifth-best wide receiver in the ACC last season among those players with 50 or more targets. According to the same site, Dubois was the only receiver in college football to have 100 targets and zero drops. Highlight-reel catches became routine for the sure-handed (and strong-handed) standout. There are many of Dubois’ next-level catches for Cavaliers fans to remember, but he admitted in a videoconference with reporters that he has three favorites:
– A one-handed touchdown grab against Duke (watch it in the first highlight video below at the 3:35 mark)
– Outdueling two Clemson defenders for a long catch in the ACC Championship (watch in the first highlight video below at the 6:40 mark)
– His touchdown reception against Notre Dame in South Bend (watch in the second highlight video below at the 1:24 mark)
Now back home in Irvington, Dubois, who graduated from UVA last December, is doing all he can to prepare for the beginning of his professional football career. The 2019 All ACC honorable mention selection pick was not invited to the NFL Combine. Nor did he receive an invite to the Senior Bowl, and a Pro Day at the University of Virginia was cancelled because of the coronavirus.
“Before the coronavirus and everything [NFL scouts] were very intrigued and excited to see me run in my 40-yard dash,” said Dubois, who was aiming to run in the low 4.5-second range at Virginia’s Pro Day. “And now, I’ve been speaking to a couple of them, they were saying it’s very unfortunate that Pro Day didn’t happen but they’re glad that I had the senior season that I had. They said just keep faith in that and they believe my senior season will definitely get me picked in the draft.”
As he alluded to, the biggest focus for Dubois in preparing for the next level is improving his speed, which he says is the biggest question mark NFL teams have. Fortunately for Dubois, he has a secret weapon of sorts in his brother, Ishmeal Robbins, who starred in track in high school and college and is working as a professional in the sport.
The former Virginia star has been working to improve his speed with his brother. Meanwhile, he is also working with another coach on route running.
“I feel as though it gives me a big advantage,” Dubois said of the opportunity to train with his older brother. “I’m going to be honest. Some of the workouts that he has me doing I doubt anybody is doing right now. There have been times where … like, we had ladder workouts and he had me doing 300s, 200, 100, and then go 100, 200, 300. He doesn’t take it easy because he knows I don’t run track. He keeps the same emphasis on everything as if he’s running.”
Count Brad Kelly of Cover 1, a website devoted to the “Xs and Os” of the NFL Draft (and the Buffalo Bills), as a Dubois fan. In this report, Kelly, who also contributes to Pro Football Weekly, calls Dubois “the most underrated prospect at the [wide receiver] position in the NFL Draft class.”
“Due to Dubois’ lack of Scouting Combine invitation, there’s a lack of buzz about him as a prospect,” Kelly wrote. “Regardless, his production and traits shown on film show an early-to-mid Day 3 prospect who has a natural pro projection. If Dubois proves to have the athleticism necessary to survive in the NFL, there could be a starting role in his future.”
The 2020 NFL Draft is scheduled to take place April 23-25. Dubois hopes to hear his name called, but if it’s not he surely will get a free agent tryout somewhere. He’s confident he can stick on an NFL roster because of his dependability in several areas.
“I think I can add a lot of things,” Dubois said. “I can add consistency. I can add depth. On the special teams side I played onside kick, I played kickoff return, punt return, so I feel as though I’m very versatile and not just a focus on the offensive side of the ball I feel as though later in the year I basically summed up my speed questions a lot because there was a couple of plays later in the year where I was able to run away from players. I feel as though I should have a pretty good chance of landing somewhere.”
As he moves forward, Dubois is also able to reflect on the fact that he was an important piece in helping revitalize the Virginia football program. He believes the program will continue to rise from here.
“It’s in great hands,” Dubois said. “We have great leaders, great players, great coaches. They’re starting down the right path and I feel as though they are just going to keep stacking success.”