Since his arrival at Minnesota before spring semester, freshman Chris Streveler has drawn interest from the Gopher football community. Lauded as a talented dual-threat quarterback coming out of high school, it now looks like he might even have a three- or four-faceted game.
Streveler will practice many roles during fall camp.
Wearing a gold jersey like the rest of the quarterbacks in camp, Streveler has spent most of his time during practice with them. But he has also been catching some punts, and after practice on Saturday he worked at wide receiver.
Wherever Streveler ends up playing during the season, enrolling early and going through spring practice has helped him to learn the system and put on weight. He weighs about 220 pounds now after coming in at 205, and said he wants to continue gaining muscle as long as it doesn't slow him down.
"I've always taken pride in being a pretty good runner, but also trying to improve on my throwing game is obviously something I need to do," Streveler said.
Head coach Jerry Kill does not yet know at which position Streveler will get the most reps. That will depend on a lot of other personnel, including Streveler's fellow freshman Donovahn Jones. Jones, another quarterback/receiver/returner, did not get the head start of spring practice, but Kill has been pleased with his progress.
"You can't really find out about those guys until about three or four weeks," Kill said.
Streveler does not have a time table for when he might spend more time with the wide receivers. Right now he said he is just "going with the flow" wherever the coaches want or need him to be.
"Whatever helps the team I'm willing to do."
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