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Former Marian Central coach Brucker believes Streveler can play QB in NFL

Former Marian Central quarterback Chris Streveler is chased by Crystal Lake South's Nick Amren during the first quarter in 2012 at Marian Central.
Former Marian Central quarterback Chris Streveler is chased by Crystal Lake South's Nick Amren during the first quarter in 2012 at Marian Central.

Former Woodstock and Marian Central football coach Ed Brucker has kept a close eye on Chris Streveler’s college career. The now-retired Brucker coached Streveler both seasons that Streveler played varsity ball at Marian in 2011 and 2012.

Brucker recently spoke with the Northwest Herald about Streveler’s high school playing days and what pro potential he sees in the South Dakota quarterback.

What stands out most about Streveler’s high school career?

Brucker: Chris was an outstanding athlete, and he’s very intelligent. He played with a lot of desire. … Chris could run the ball, he could avoid the rush, and he threw very well on the run. That’s how we used him in high school. We would run him some, and I think he’s a really accurate passer in the pocket.

Did you see pro potential in Streveler when he was in high school?

Brucker: Yeah. I thought he would go to college and refine his throwing and stuff like that. He just didn’t get a chance to play at Minnesota. He showed that at South Dakota.

I think he can play at that [pro] level. I think what the pros worry about with someone like him is that he might have a tendency to run too much, and maybe [he’s] not an accurate enough thrower. But ... I watched several games at South Dakota, and I thought he threw very accurate.

Could you see him changing positions?

Brucker: Well, he could. I personally think he can play quarterback. I know the pros don’t want somebody running a lot. They’re paying a quarterback a lot of money; they want the accurate thrower. But I think he can be that, plus he can avoid sacks and maybe pick up some yards.

But yes, he could play another position. He could play a defensive back, receiver. He’s very fast, he’s got a good vertical (jump), and he’s got good hands. He could play a number of positions. And he’s a tough kid. He’ll tackle somebody or block if that’s what he has to do.

What advice would you give to Streveler as he goes through this audition process?

Brucker: Right now, I’d just try to get on somewhere. Once he gets out on the field – whether it’s another position or whatever – once they see what he can do, they can get him in the right position and he’ll play. I think he’s got the athletic ability to play.

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