Following their loss to SDSU and with their playoff future uncertain, an emotional Bob Nielson had this to say about his quarterback.
"Chris Streveler, in my opinion, if there's a guy that's a better football player in college football, I haven't seen him," USD Head Coach Bob Nielson said.
Two weeks later Streveler was named one of three finalists for the Walter Payton Award, given to the top offensive player in the FCS. The senior QB set conference and school records in passing yards and total offense, and put together the 8th most prolific season in FCS history, yet he says the nomination speaks more about the team than himself.
"While I get recognized for that, I hope everyone else on the team takes pride in that someone from their team getting recognized and I hope that I can represent them well in Frisco," Quarterback Chris Streveler said.
As the rest of the country took notice to the season Streveler was putting together, his teammates say it didn't take long for them to see how talented their quarterback was.
"It was the first game last year at New Mexico. He had a couple big runs there that he just broke away from DB's who had angles on him and we were just like wow, this kid can play some football," Senior Offensive Guard Stetson Dagel said.
Streveler is the first ever USD player to be nominated and could become the first ever Missouri Valley player to win the award, an honor his teammates say he deserves.
"It couldn't' go to a better guy. Being there in a front row seat and seeing the work Chris has put in, he definitely deserves it and showed he deserves it this year," Dagel said.
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