LB Chase Vasser ready to fill in for Jarvis Jones when needed

Funny how these things work out sometimes. I interviewed Chase Vasser yesterday with the plan to profile the guy most likely to fill in for Jarvis Jones should Jones have to miss any playing time this season. That’s a moot point now. But Vasser is an interesting guy and he’ll definitely be a contributor for the Bulldogs this season. So I’m going to go ahead and share this story for your edification. . . .

Chase Vasser is best known for his abilities on the football field, but he also has some skills that are displayed on another stage.

Vasser hopes to eventually make a living on a literal stage literally. As it turns out, the 6-foot-3, 230-pound linebacker from Gainesville is quite the acting buff.

“I’m majoring in consumer economics but I’m minoring in film,” said Vasser, who also is interested in modeling. “I’ve always loved the theater and plays and I’ve always like the whole setup of acting. I love watching behind-the-scenes stuff on the ‘Fast Five’ movies and ‘The Green Lantern’ and seeing how everything works. You can be a poor person, a rich person, a superhero. It’s just always appealed to me.”

Vasser said he was active in community theatre and school plays up until he reached high school. Then his inherent football skills and year-round training for the game took precedence.

Vasser is also pretty good at football. Georgia coach Mark Richt said Monday Vasser is a “solid No. 2″ at strongside outside linebacker behind Jarvis Jones. Jones’ eligibility for the first couple of games has been in question all summer but is expected to get resolved Tuesday.

“Coach [Todd] Grantham, talking to him, he told me he he felt that Chase is a solid No. 2 at the Sam,” Richt said Monday. “A lot of it is he knows what to do. He’s in the right place at the right time. He’s had a good offseason and done a nice job.

“Chase is another guy who has made a big change, I think, in his maturity, in his approach to football,” Richt continued. “Like a lot of young guys, they worry about stuff they can’t control. They don’t just put their nose to the grindstone and work. I think he got done with making excuses and decided to just start working real hard and began to see a lot of the benefits of it.”

Vasser, who was dogged by injuries last year, said preseason camp has been very encouraging for him this season.

“Last year I had a good shot it at spring and I got hurt and I got hurt again during the season,” Vasser said. “So this is actually my first time I’m fully healthy. I made it through spring without getting injured and now I’m perfectly healthy. I feel like I know the plays more and because I’m healthy I feel like I can lay the way I used to play, fast and physical. Hopefully nothing goes wrong with J.J. But if he can’t be there I feel like I’ll be able to fill in without us missing a beat.”

Indications Tuesday were that Jones is going to be eligible for the first game and beyond. That’s a good thing for Georgia, Vasser said.

“JJ is a phenomenal athlete,” Vasser said. “He’s quick off the ball, he’s physcial. I’m always in meetings with him and talking with him about what to do. We both try to help each other out because it’s about Georgia, not individuals. He’ll help me and I’ll help him. It’s not really a competition between us. He could care less if I start and I could care less if he starts. Either way we’re going to be strong at Sam. We’re going to make sure of that.”

Vasser said he hopes to be able to do some acting at UGA. He’s unable to take any professional jobs while on scholarship but he does have some Hollywood connections to call in once he graduates.

“Actually have an aunt who is best friends with Sandra Bullock,” Vasser said. “She was in the ‘Blindside,’  and ‘The Proposal’, she was in another one with Sandra Bullock and Ben Affleck. I talk to her on a regular basis and ask her what I can do while I’m in school. So I’m just taking a couple of classes here and there.”

And he’ll be playing a little football while he’s at it.

32 comments Add your comment

Gimmicks galore

August 9th, 2011
1:08 pm

just dont be an energy vampire and play SOME slobber knockin football !

Charlie Hayes

August 9th, 2011
1:12 pm

Chase can work on his acting skills now that JJ is back. Good to know that Chase is a solid # 2 behind JJ, but Jarvis will be the one knocking heads against Boise State now! GATA!

how2fish

August 9th, 2011
1:25 pm

Seems like he has his head on straight great to see that both the 1st and 2nd string guys are helping each other get better for the team…best of luck Mr.Vassar!

DougsMugs

August 9th, 2011
1:33 pm

Aunt that is friends with Sandra Bullock. Lucky guy. :-)

AltamahaDawg

August 9th, 2011
1:34 pm

They couldn’t have waited a day to announce the Jones story, huh Chip? Seems like a kid worth reporting on anyway for sure. AND you planted Sandra Bullock in all of our heads for the afternoon. Good job.

AltamahaDawg

August 9th, 2011
1:36 pm

And was Jones the news that required ordering pizza?

proud dawg

August 9th, 2011
2:09 pm

seen latest pics of Vasser and, let’s just say, out of all the LBs, i want this guy and Ogeltree to get off the bus first!

230 pounds….i bet he’s more like a solid 240-245lbs.

Vasser is a baller, hope he sees the field this year–definitely think he’s got a shot at the league

Joey

August 9th, 2011
2:36 pm

Didn’t I read a few weeks ago that Chase is the fastest of the Dawg LBs? If so, that’s amazing, considering Ogletree is a LB now.

And AD, you prob don’t have enough tattoos to even think about Sandra. Her last man had more tatts than Dennis Rodman. She is hot though.

Anonymous

August 9th, 2011
2:44 pm

If any of you know him you know that 6′3 and 230lbs is extremely modest. I haven’t seen him in a while but I know he is 6′4 and he is bigger than his brother and his brother is about 235lbs.

BirdDog

August 9th, 2011
2:46 pm

UGA gonna be fast at the LB position this year. Looking forward to seeing bodies flying around! GATA!

Alex

August 9th, 2011
2:51 pm

His brother does MMA and he makes his brother look small haha

culdesac84

August 9th, 2011
3:20 pm

we have to get back to having a defense teams fear. Hopefully Thomas Davis lit a fire to our young guys!

VA DAWG

August 9th, 2011
3:36 pm

Hope to see Vasser really contribute this year…thought he had a lot of upside coming out of high school once he filled in. Looks to be a fast Lb corp, hopefully they’ll play like like 4 Rennie Currans. By the way, welcome aboard Kenny Gaines!!! Another good get by Fox….now we have to get some big men (Mr. Goodwin come on down!) to go with these guards. This is shaping up to be a great class. GO DAWGS!

1eyedJack

August 9th, 2011
3:43 pm

Chase Vasser is just a good name for a linebacker.

JB

August 9th, 2011
3:46 pm

Vasser………Talk to Bobo and get him to “act” like an All SEC OC.
Good luck this year.

Destin Dawg

August 9th, 2011
3:56 pm

Great kid good attitude !! un unselfish… my what a difference a year can make… part of Todd Grantham’s Junkyard Dawg defense…. can’t wait !! Go Dawgs !!

DawgByte

August 9th, 2011
4:01 pm

This kid has talent, it’s good to hear he has his head screwed on straight. I think he’ll do well for us this year.

The Truth is,,,

August 9th, 2011
4:13 pm

This year, new Texas Longhorn Malcolm Brown is that freshman.

staffordinfection

August 9th, 2011
5:27 pm

@ how2fish

How is it possible for you to read the entire article and still misspell his name? It is VassEr, not VassAr. Jesus!?!

LakeDawg

August 9th, 2011
6:33 pm

Watched Vasser play in HS more than once. Extremely fast and athletic. My only concern coming out of HS was his immaturity. Didn’t know if he would overcome that. It appears he has and is ready for big things.

slydog

August 9th, 2011
7:22 pm

CMR should be ashamed of himself for allowing any football player to major in Consumer Economics.

What's your major?

August 9th, 2011
8:21 pm

“CMR should be ashamed of himself for allowing any football player to major in Consumer Economics.”

Considering that at least half of the UGA players would have a tough time reciting the ABCs, even in those rare moments of sobriety, Consumer Economics is pretty advanced.

BG

August 9th, 2011
10:12 pm

Chase is the man!!

BG

August 9th, 2011
10:13 pm

What’s your major? UGA has a very good APR! UGA has the second best APR in the SEC.

SamoanDawg

August 9th, 2011
11:18 pm

I thought Chase had a really good spring. He beat AJ Harmon few times in GDay. I like his first quick step coming off the edge. I like this kid. He and JJ will be in the backfield… a lot. We finally got some playmakers!

24 mo’ days!

Sic’em!

Paddy

August 10th, 2011
6:10 am

If he runs like you folks day he does; he will spend alot of time on the field this season. We are looking good.

bubba4dawgs

August 10th, 2011
6:57 am

Hey, Chase!! Invite Sandra Bullock and your aunt to a game! What a show that would be!! Good luck this season!!!

RS GATA

August 10th, 2011
8:11 am

Atta kid Chase. Good luck to you this season, stay healthy and GATA!

nasty dog

August 10th, 2011
10:08 am

Everything is falling into place. Looking forward to a great year.Go Dogs.

OLD DAWG 66

August 10th, 2011
11:01 am

Chase…it is O.K. to be friends with Jarvis, but I hope that in your heart you know that . . .you can be #1. You have everything it takes. You have to make up your mind that you want it and do it. In 20-30-50. years when you look back at your life, you will assess your career, hobbies, loves and life, but what will haunt you is whether you did your best in the best game there is among men.

slydog

August 10th, 2011
2:04 pm

@OLD DAWG 66…. No disrespect, but Jarvis Jones rolled out of the womb more talented than Chase Vasser. Let’s keep it real. Something bad would have to happen. But with everything being equal, you, I, and everybody else knows the truth.

jthrash

August 16th, 2011
12:08 pm

His brother does show wrestling not mma know your facts before you post! I went to school and played football with them and showed them how its done lol. Good luck Chase!