Former Marian Central quarterback Chris Streveler begins his first fall camp at Minnesota this week after spending last semester adjusting to college life in Minneapolis and going through spring practices with the Gophers. He’s listed as the third-string quarterback on Minnesota’s depth chart, but has told his coaches he’s willing to do whatever they need him to do.
Obviously, everyone is a better athlete than they were in high school. But just getting out in spring ball, just the speed of the game and the way I have to make my reads was definitely different, but it wasn’t anything that I didn’t expect. I expected there to be a bit of a jump in that, but I worked hard and I put a lot of work in during the offseason at getting bigger, faster and strong so I can be closer to the level of the other guys.
It’s going to be different from Marian when every time you’re on the field, you’re going to be one of the best athletes out there. It’s different going from that to trying to play catch-up to the guys who have been here for a full season. So that’s always going to be a big transition. But in terms of starting over with teammates, it’s tough because I have great friends at Marian and the experiences I had there, I wouldn’t trade those for anything. But getting up here was something I was looking forward to – just meeting new guys and starting fresh.
During spring ball, I struggled a little bit coming in just having so much thrown at me at once and with just trying to get out there and perform. It’s hard to get out there and perform when you’re thinking so much and trying to think what all the different people are doing. But now, looking back at it, it was huge for me to get out there and get some experience under my belt, especially going into (fall) camp. So I’m really looking forward to camp and just being able to get back out there and not having to think as much. I can just play a little bit more. But being with my teammates has been awesome, because when my (recruiting) class got up here, I was kind of used to everything because I had been up here for a semester and they were able to put me in a leadership role with the (incoming freshmen) just because I had some experience and I could show them the ropes.
In spring ball, there weren’t really a lot of expectations for me just because you’re getting thrown into so much new stuff and just trying to go out there and do the best that I can. But I’m excited to get ready for my first season because I’ve never gone through it and it’s definitely going to be a fun experience whether I end up redshirting or not. But I’m just looking forward to being able to get out there in camp and play football again because that’s the whole reason I’m up here. But I’m open to anything. There’s pros and cons to redshirting. I told the coaches I’m willing to do whatever it takes to get on the field. I did some work at receiver and got the chance to get out in camp and run around a little bit. Right now, I’m mainly sticking with quarterback, but I’m open to change. I’m just going to go out there and do my best and whatever happens, happens.
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