His college coaches predict he’ll succeed and his Blue Bomber coaches are hoping for the same.
But does anybody really know what they’re going to get from college student-turned starting quarterback Chris Streveler on Thursday?
“No one knows,” Bombers receiving great and current TV analyst Milt Stegall said. “He doesn’t even know. He’s never been in that setting, that environment. Paul LaPolice doesn’t know. Mike O’Shea doesn’t know. The offensive line, the receivers, don’t know what to expect.
“So it’s going to be interesting.”
Streveler, 23, broke records at the University of South Dakota the last two seasons. But dozens of college stars have come and gone in the CFL over the years without making so much as a ripple, let alone a splash.
“A lot of emphasis gets put on the quarterback position but there’s a lot of veteran guys on this team that have been helping me,” Streveler said. “You don’t have to do anything too crazy or try to be something that you’re not.”
A natural leader, Streveler will employ something he wasn’t used to at USD: a huddle.
“In South Dakota we were a no-huddle offence and so for two years I was never really in a huddle,” he said. “It’s a different game when you’re up here with some 30-year-old guys in the huddle with them. It’s a different vibe you have to give off and it’s something I’m still working on.”