Streveler Stays Dedicated

Recent Gopher commit Chris Streveler doesn't hear much trash talk from defensive backs. "I like to truck a kid every now and then," he joked.

Gopher Digest recently caught up with the Marian Central Catholic (Ill.) senior quarterback to talk football as his senior season approaches. Last year he led the Spartans to an 11-1 record, accounting for 26 passing and 17 rushing touchdowns. He runs the forty-yard dash in the high 4.4s and squats over 500 pounds, yet can consistently drop the ball onto the outside shoulder of a receiver running a corner route. But he wasn't always on the radar of Division I scouts.

"I set a limit of four coaches I had to [email] before I went to bed," Streveler said.

The work paid off for him.

"I was thrilled to get the Minnesota offer," he said.

He recommends young players who want to be noticed by D-I schools take the same initiative as well as take care of business on the field.

Minnesota and South Dakota State were the only schools who offered Streveler. He likes to use this as motivation, much like his favorite NFL player Tom Brady.

"I just like the story of how he was low in the draft, and didn't have a lot of interest coming out of high school," Streveler said. "I kind of like that he had a chip on his shoulder and I feel like I play with a chip on my shoulder."

Sure, Brady has the super bling and the super model, but he doesn't have this kind of speed.

"I think that's what makes me unique," Streveler said. "Some quarterbacks go through their progressions, 1-2-3, it's not there and they'll just have to throw it away. I can scramble out and try to get some yards with my legs."

Although he doesn't have a strong preference, if pressed, Streveler would rather face man coverage than zone.

"If you consider a two-deep, man-under coverage, there's a lot of open running lanes [when there are] no open receivers," he explained.

His dual-threat nature is what brought the Gophers to him.

"They told me straight up that this year they don't have as many scholarships as they did last year, so this year they are going to take quarterbacks that can play multiple positions," Streveler said. "They are going to put me in at quarterback, and if it doesn't work out, move me into a different position, like receiver or safety."

However, Streveler trains hard and intends on playing quarterback at the next level, since he does fit in well with offensive coordinator Matt Limegrover's scheme.

"In terms of quarterback, I think I would fit in great," he said. "They want a kid who can run eight to twelve times a game. A tough kid that can be a leader."

One area of his game wants to improve on is the long ball. He has a quick, short release and is developing the ability to reach back really let it go. He is an accurate passer (61.8% completion), but at the next level, receivers will be farther down the field at the end of his drop back.

Streveler is a dedicated, self-motivated young man who will certainly make an impact with the Maroon and Gold. Like a lot of high school defensive backs have done, it may be safer just to get out of his way.

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