WOODSTOCK -- Marian Central quarterback Chris Streveler is in the middle of the kind of championship caliber season all seniors hope for as their high school careers draw to a close.
But perhaps for Streveler, who had a hand in six touchdowns (four rushing, two passing) in the Hurricanes' come-from-behind win over then No. 1-ranked Montini last Friday night, beginning the year with seven straight wins is even more special because before long, he'll be leaving for the University of Minnesota.
Streveler will enroll early at Minnesota and will leave for Minneapolis in mid-January, anxious to begin learning a Golden Gopphers' offense that favors a dual-threat quarterback. Streveler has thrown for 1,453 yards and 15 touchdowns and has yet to had a pass intercepted. He has also run for 15 touchdowns, piling up 646 yards, thriving in a system he feels will prepare him well to play for Minnesota coach Jerry Kill.
But as excited as he is to immerse himself into Kill's offense, there's a few people who wish Streveler wasn't leaving quite as early.
"After (your senior) season is over, I've heard you're kind of ready to leave," Streveler said. "In a way, I'm going to miss my friends and I know my girlfriend isn't too happy, but I'm just looking forward to getting up there."
For the record, Streveler said he will return for prom, but can't wait to begin life as a college freshman, taking advantage of the opportunity to go through spring ball with his new teammates. Current Minnesota quarterback Marqueis Gray is a senior, opening the door for Streveler to prove himself.
It's one reason Streveler arrives at school at 6:45 a.m. twice a week to get a workout in before classes begin.
"Hopefully, I can compete for some kind of playing time whether they're starting me at quarterback or if I can find my way on the field as a safety or a wide receiver," Streveler said. "So I'm just hoping I can get up there and compete, get with the guys and start (building) that camaradarie."
Streveler said he knows he'll miss his Marian teammates, who he refers to as brothers. But even though he's cutting his senior year start to begin his collegiate career, he doesn't anticipate losing touch with his current teammates who he hopes to celebrate a state title with before he leaves.
"We've all kind of talked about being at the reunions and keeping in touch in college and going to each other's weddings," Streveler said. "So we'll all be following each other."