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.