By Ray Hamill — Just a few days into preseason practice, the College of the Redwoods football team got a big boost this week with a former local standout returning to the area to play for the team.
Chase “Biscuit” Steubing, who starred for the Eureka Loggers in 2018 and 2019, is back on the North Coast after a spell at the University of Idaho and practiced with his new teammates for the first time on Tuesday.
Steubing, who moved to Spokane for his senior high school season, thought he might be done with football earlier this summer, but reconsidered his options after returning to Humboldt County two weeks ago.
Steubing, who played a key role on the Loggers’ memorable 2019 season, was recruited as a preferred walk-on at Idaho in early 2021, but things changed when a new coaching staff took over later that year
“The new coaching staff came in, and they’re good coaches, but I just wanted to make sure I had a shot,” he said. “I had a long conversation with my position coach and he said I’m not ready to be a Division-I athlete just yet.
“Things didn’t really work out, but I totally have respect for the coaches there.”
Steubing transferred to Dodge City Community College in Kansas, but after joining the team earlier this summer be began to question his commitment and decided to return to the North Coast to weigh his options and future in the sport.
And that turned out to be good news for the Corsairs, who will begin playing again next month for the first time since 2019.
On Tuesday morning, Steubing reached out to CR head coach Jason White, whom he played for at Eureka, and by the afternoon he was practicing with the team.
And White is more than happy yo have his former player on his new roster.
“He’s got an incredible motor that never gives up,” the CR coach said. “He made a lot of plays for us when he was at Eureka High.”
Steubing, who will play both inside and outside linebacker, likes what he immediately saw from his new teammates, many of whom he has played with and against in the H-DNL.
“Looking at the team, I think we have a very solid base,” he said. “We’ll have our ups and downs, we are still young, but I like the team. Honestly, it’s family oriented.”
The Corsairs, who began practice without pads last week, will open the season at Merced College on Sept. 3, and White likes what he’s seen from the players so far.
“We’re getting better every day,” he said. “The kids are working hard and doing what they need to do.”