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Former Wolf Nick Streubel earned another college football award Tuesday. (Photo courtesy Amanda Jones)

At this rate, they’ll never stop giving him awards.

Coupeville’s Nick Streubel has graduated from Central Washington University, and played his final football game for the Wildcats two months ago, but he keeps getting pulled back in to be honored.

Tuesday afternoon The Big Hurt was named as an All-Super Region Four player, joining three of his teammates.

Streubel was tabbed as a Second-Team pick for his work on the offensive line, while running back Michael Roots was a First-Team selection.

Defensive lineman Billy Greer and defensive back Tyren Sams were both named to the Third Team.

With Streubel anchoring the Central Washington line at center, the ‘Cats offense piled up more than 5,500 yards, while scoring 58 touchdowns.

Roots was a big beneficiary of the team’s blocking, rumbling for 1,515 yards on 219 rushing attempts, and Central won its third-straight Great Northwest Athletic Conference title.

Streubel was the face of CWU football during his senior year, appearing front and center in much of the school’s advertising.

During his days in Coupeville, he was a three-sport star, playing football and basketball, while competing as a thrower during the track season.

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Coupeville’s Nick Streubel was named to Central Washington University’s All-Decade football team. (Amanda Jones photo)

One more honor? Sure, why not?

Coupeville High School grad Nick Streubel wrapped his collegiate football career at Central Washington University in mid-November, but accolades continue to roll in.

All-Conference and All-Region honors already safely stashed away, The Big Hurt was named Tuesday to the CWU All-Decade team by the CWU Crimson Committed Facebook page.

The page, launched in 2012 by Chris Pribbernow, is at the forefront of Wildcat athletics.

Streubel was tabbed as a First-Team pick, joining former All-Americans James Moore and Mike Nelson on the offensive line.

During his run in a Wildcat uniform, The Big Hurt was a three-time First-Team All-Conference selection and was tabbed as the Offensive Lineman of the Year as a senior by the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

Back in his CHS days, Streubel was a standout in three sports — football, basketball, and track and field.

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Former Wolf Nick Streubel, here with his sister and niece, continues to collect college football awards. (Photo courtesy Amanda Jones)

Don’t go, we have more awards.

Coupeville’s Nick Streubel has already graduated from Central Washington University and played the final football game of his stellar collegiate career, but the honors continue to flow in.

The former Wolf was recently tabbed as an All-Conference player for the third time, while also being named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Offensive Lineman of the Year.

Now the red-shirt senior has been named for the second time to the All-Super Region 4 team.

Streubel, who anchored Central’s line at center as the Wildcats won a third-straight league crown, was a First Team selection, while teammate Tyren Sams, a defensive back, made the Second Team.

With the All-Region honor tucked away, The Big Hurt is eligible now for All-American status.

After playing football, basketball, and track and field during his Coupeville High School days, Streubel spent six seasons on the CWU gridiron squad.

He red-shirted his freshman season, then later missed a year with a medical red-shirt after breaking his hand into about a zillion pieces.

Through it all, Streubel was a standout when on the field, and ended his career as a captain and the face of Wildcat football, adorning much of the team’s branding this season.

Central rolled up 504.7 yards of total offense per game this season, best in their league, and ninth-best among all NCAA D-II teams.

Streubel and Co. also surrendered just 13 sacks all season.

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Former Wolf Nick Streubel earned two college football awards Wednesday. (Photo courtesy Amanda Jones)

The Big Hurt continues to get big props.

Coupeville grad Nick Streubel, who just wrapped his senior football season at Central Washington University, was tabbed Wednesday for two awards.

When Great Northwest Athletic Conference coaches tallied up their votes, the former Wolf was named a First-Team All-League pick and the GNAC Offensive Lineman of the Year.

Streubel, who anchored the Wildcat line at center, made the All-Conference team for the third time in his collegiate career.

Central, which finished the season on a six-game winning streak, finished 5-1 in league play, 7-4 overall, winning a third-straight league crown.

The ‘Cats snagged 11 spots on the GNAC’s First Team with Billy Greer joining Streubel as an individual winner.

The league leader in sacks, Greer was picked as the GNAC Defensive Player of the Year.

Streubel, who has been a First Team pick three straight seasons, led an offensive line which helped Central roll up 504.7 yards per game, best in the GNAC and ninth-best in all of D-II football.

During his time in Coupeville, he was a three-sport star for the Wolves, playing football and basketball, while also competing in track and field.

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Nick Streubel, great player, better man. (Photo courtesy Nanette Streubel)

He exits as a champion.

Actually, make that a three-time champion.

Barring a surprise invite to the NCAA D-II football playoffs, Coupeville grad Nick Streubel likely played his final college game Saturday night.

Appropriately, “The Big Hurt” and crew went out with a bang, as Central Washington University throttled host Simon Fraser 51-14 in Burnaby.

The win, the sixth-straight for the Wildcats, lifts them to 5-1 in league play, earning them a third-straight Great Northwest Athletic Conference title.

Central, having bounced back from a 1-4 start, sits at 7-4, keeping alive a slim chance it will hear its name called Sunday when the 28-team playoff bracket is announced.

Whether that happens or not, Streubel stands as one of the most successful former Wolves to ever compete at the collegiate level.

A team captain, the face of CWU football, an All-League and All-Region pick, the offensive lineman was a rock for the Wildcats every step of the way during his six-year adventure.

Streubel had two red-shirt seasons, the second due to a nasty hand injury, and graduated before this season.

With a new head coach, there was some question as to whether he would return to play a fourth, and final, season on the gridiron, but he remains one of the ultimate team players.

Anchoring the ‘Cats at center, he was hailed by his coaches for his dedication, and by ESPN announcers as a man worthy of a shot at the NFL.

He remains one of the best Wolf athletes I covered, not just for for his talent, but for his heart, his class, and the way he conducted himself on and off the field.

Talk to any current CHS or CMS athlete, and there are two names they all know. Two players they all want to be.

Nick Streubel and Makana Stone.

Transcendent athletes, and transcendent people.

The former walked off the gridiron Saturday night, while the latter just kicked off her senior season of basketball at Whitman.

Whether his playing days are done, or whether there is another game, another season still lurking around a corner, Nick Streubel long ago clinched his spot on my Wolf version of Mt. Rushmore.

And, at this point, he’s likely shaking his head, murmuring “simmer down, David.”

Too late.

Thank you, Nick.

For inspiring countless other young athletes.

I don’t know that you realize the impact you had, and continue to have.

But it is real, and it is tangible, shining through in so many conversations I have with those Wolves who are following in your footsteps.

Thank you for playing as a leader, always. For staying true to your friends and teammates, your family and yourself.

And thank you for just being a really good dude.

Most of all, thank you for letting me write about you. Even when I got all gushy.

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