Possibly the most indispensable yet underrated player in Northern California this past season was Nick Huppe of Del Oro. It would have been difficult for the Golden Eagles to go undefeated and win the San Joaquin DII section title had it not been for Huppe's many contributions to the team. Offensively, Huppe was the workhorse, gaining the tough yards in big games. For the season Huppe rushed for over 1,400 yards and twenty-two TDs. Over the last two seasons Huppe has scored forty-three touchdowns on offense. Huppe went over the 200 yard mark three times this year in wins over Oak Ridge, Woodland and Burbank. Defensively, Huppe who plays middle backer, stepped up for Del Oro especially when Boise State bound linebacker Ben Chandler went down with a knee injury. Huppe's and Del Oro's strongest defensive performance may have taken place when the Golden Eagles shut out Rocklin in the second half of the section title game. In that game, Huppe showed his total contribution by scoring both Del Oro TDs and hitting the game winning field goal with thirty-eight seconds left. During his career, Huppe's greatest contribution for Del Oro may have been as a kicker. This season Huppe was seven of nine on field goals, the most important being the game winner in the title game. Over the past two seasons, he has hit thirteen of eighteen field goals. This year and last Huppe has scored 377 combined points for the Golden Eagles. This upcoming weekend Nick will travel to Las Vegas to test his skills in the Chris Sailer kicking competition.
At 5'11 195 pounds and running in the 4.6 range, Nick is the ultimate tweener. This, along with playing multiple positions, may have hurt his recruiting status. Currently Nick's primary attention is coming from the University of the Redlands and Columbia. Boise State would like Nick to walk on. Nick is a coach's dream. He has done everything that has been asked of him during his Del Oro career. Further, he is the ultimate tough player. Playing middle backer while averaging nearly twenty touches on offense is no small physical feat. Add in the fact that he serves as a student leader on campus and in his community along with carrying a GPA over 3.00 and you can see the intangibles that Nick would bring to a college program.