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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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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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Nick Streubel hangs out with family on Central Washington University football Senior Night. (Photos courtesy Nanette Streubel and Amanda Jones)

“I taught the boy everything he knows about football, just saying…”

Uncle Nick, the gentle gridiron giant.

“The Big Hurt” went out by delivering a … really big hurt.

Coupeville High School grad Nick Streubel celebrated Senior Night Saturday by leading his Central Washington University football team to a 72-17 win over Missouri’s Southwest Baptist University.

The non-conference rout was the fifth-straight win for the streaking Wildcats, who sit at 6-4 with one game left on the regular season schedule.

Central, which is 4-1 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, travels to Canada next Saturday, Nov. 16 to play Simon Fraser University (1-4, 1-8).

With a win, the Wildcats clinch half the GNAC title, which they will share with Western Oregon (5-1, 7-3).

The two teams split this season, with the Wolves coming out on top 36-26 in late September, before Central rebounded for a 42-41 overtime win in mid-October.

If Streubel and Co. win out and lay claim to their share of the title, it will be the third-straight year CWU has done so.

While he and his teammates are hopeful of landing a spot in the NCAA D-II playoffs, the former Wolf is nearing the end of what has been a rock-solid college career.

Thanks to two red-shirt seasons, one as a freshman, then a second due to a hand injury, Streubel spent six seasons in the Wildcat program.

A team captain and the face of CWU football this season, the anchor of the offensive line has already graduated but returned for one final go-round on the gridiron.

During his time as a ‘Cat, Streubel has been named to All-League and All-Region teams, while having ESPN announcers hype him as a guy worthy of a look from the NFL.

Way back when he was still a growing man mountain, and not yet the carved-from-granite physical specimen he has become, “The Big Hurt” was a three-sport standout at CHS.

Football, basketball, and track kept him busy, but his greatest moment came after a season-ending gridiron clash against Chimacum his junior year.

The stadium in Port Townsend had been used the night before the Wolves and Cowboys played, and the field was ripped up, mushy, and stinky.

After a game in the trenches, Streubel was given a rushing attempt as a reward for years of work, and he promptly carried at least seven screaming, sobbing Cowboys on his back, crashing forward for yardage, ending the play in the middle of a giant mud puddle.

The Wolves had to high-tail it to catch the last ferry out of town after the game, which gave no one a chance to clean up.

At the dock, Streubel, all 6-foot-3 and 300 pounds of him, coated from head to toe in mud, chased after his coaches, eventually snagging one and wrapping them in a grimy embrace.

So, basically, it’s great to see Nick do so well in college and all.

But, that said, I already witnessed him at his finest on that dock.

The man was a freakin’ legend at 17, and just keeps getting better with time.

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Coupeville grad Nick Streubel is featured on the program for Central Washington University football games. (Susan Wenzel photo)

The Big Hurt with two of his biggest fans, sister Amanda and niece Natalie. (Photo courtesy Nanette Streubel)

He’s their poster boy.

Coupeville High School grad Nick Streubel is front and center for Central Washington University football this fall, the featured star in all their advertising.

The Big Hurt, who is playing his final season for the Wildcats, who are off to a 1-3 start, is featured on the program and the media guide.

CWU has a new head coach and starting quarterback this season, and there have been some growing pains, but the guy anchoring the offensive line has been a rock.

An All-League and All-Region pick in previous seasons, Streubel, a redshirt senior, has played in 33 games during his stellar career in Ellensburg.

While lineman often don’t get the notice that skills players do, since they don’t have a chance to pile up gaudy stats, no one is ignoring the former Wolf.

During a recent ESPN broadcast of a Central game, the 6-foot-3, 305-pound Streubel was singled out by the announcers as being someone they believed could play in the National Football League.

That came shortly after he knocked his guy on his butt, went down, popped back up, then charged down the field to catch up to the runner.

Once there, he slammed into the pile and drove his man forward several yards on sheer willpower and brute strength.

Regardless of whether the NFL comes calling or not, Streubel has already accomplished his first goal, of graduating with a college degree.

He earned a bachelors in Safety and Health Management, and has a post-college job already set up.

But first Streubel has a final run on the collegiate gridiron to finish.

Central has seven games left on its regular-season schedule, beginning with a road rumble Saturday, Oct. 5 at West Texas A & M.

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Former Coupeville athletes Nick Streubel and Madeline Roberts reunite after a Central Washington University football game. (Photo courtesy Nanette Streubel)

The Big Hurt is a two-timer.

Coupeville High School grad Nick Streubel earned his second-straight First-Team All-Conference nod Wednesday, as he and 19 of his Central Washington University football teammates were honored.

The Wildcats, who earned a share of theĀ Great Northwest Athletic Conference regular-season title, but were snubbed when the NCAA DII playoff bracket was revealed, claimed three of the league’s big awards.

Quarterback Reilly Hennessey was the Offensive Player of the Year, guard James Moore was the Offensive Lineman of the Year and running back Michael Roots was the Newcomer of the Year.

Streubel, a red-shirt junior offensive lineman, was a unanimous pick after playing a major role for one of the most-prolific offenses in DII football.

Central, which averaged 47.7 points while going 8-3, rushed for 2,999 yards on the season.

The Wildcats averaged 272.64 rushing yards per game, with two different backs rambling for 1,000+ yards.

Next up for Streubel is the announcement of the All-Region team, where he will be looking to repeat as a First-Team pick.


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