Chris Streveler, who switched from quarterback to wide receiver last year for the Gophers football team, has decided to transfer, he confirmed Friday.

The 6-2, 223-pound Streveler still has two years of eligibility remaining. He is graduating from the university with his degree in kinesiology this spring, and was granted his release to transfer to another program Friday.

Since he's a graduate transfer, he will be eligible to play at any level this fall without having to sit out a season.

His decision is not a surprise. The Gophers had been unable to find a role that would give him regular playing time. Team staff members said they support Streveler's decision to go elsewhere and said he could find a better fit for his skills in another program.

"The coaches were so supportive afterwards, just helping me get in touch with places and everything," Streveler said in a text message.

"I'm just really thankful that they were so understanding because this is one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make.

"And I really love the Gopher program — my teammates and coaches — so my biggest worry was that there would be hard feelings towards me on their end. But it really hasn't been like that. Everyone has been so supportive."

Streveler arrived with the Gophers three years ago as an early enrollee out of Marian Central Catholic High School in Woodstock, Ill. He was one of the team's fastest players and immediately became one of the hardest workers.

Streveler was the No. 2 quarterback behind Mitch Leidner in 2014. With Leidner was injured, Streveler started the San Jose State game and rushed 18 times for 161 yards and a touchdown in that victory, while completing just one of seven passes.

Last fall, with freshman Demry Croft inserted as the Gophers' No. 2 quarterback, Streveler moved to receiver and special teams.

He had one catch for 4 yards.

Heading into spring practice, Gophers coach Tracy Claeys said: "The kid works hard and is a good athlete and loves the game of football. I think we can find a place for him. … Then we will talk after the spring to see how comfortable he is."