O-D Bowl: Chase Abbington

St. Peters (MO) Fort Zumwalt South running back Chase Abbington discusses his experience at the Offense-Defense Bowl, the latest surrounding his Mizzou commitment, and more...

St. Peters (MO) Fort Zumwalt South running back Chase Abbington will showcase his talents in Sunday's Offense-Defense Bowl, held in Houston, TX.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound back has enjoyed playing alongside some of the country's top prospects.

"It's been fun getting in with the new guys. I played a couple of them in the USA game. Practices have been cool, up-tempo. Back home, it's easy for me to break stuff. Now I have to put a lot more work into it. It's something you have to get used to. I'm working on just running lower than I am. I kind of stand tall and I'm not trying to do that with these guys," he laughed.

Abbington is a testament of a player who loves the game. Though he suffered an injury early on in the season, the Missouri commit pushed through and is looking forward to rounding out his high school career this weekend.

"I played all season with a separated shoulder. Before I got hurt, my size was one of my biggest strengths. I was a pretty big guy who had good speed. I really didn't do much rehab during the year. I wanted to play," he said.

A long-time Mizzou commit, the athlete has enjoyed spending some time with his future teammates quarterback Trent Hosick and defensive end Dimarya Mixon.

"I met Trent my sophomore year during the combine. He's a cool kid, a good guy. I knew who Dimarya was, but this is the first time I've met him. I met a couple of the other commits at the USA game. It's cool to spend some time with them, get to know them," he said.

With high school ball behind him, Abbington looks forward to joining the program.

"I committed to Missouri last March. It's close to momma, about an hour and a half away from home," he laughed. "My mom and I are very close. It's just her, so I want to stay close to home. She comes to all of my games."

Post Sunday's game, Abbington will begin full rehab of his shoulder and plans to take things one day at a time.

"The coaches had talked about me playing as a true freshman. We'll see how that goes now. But they have talked about moving me around, giving me space and all of that. I probably will redshirt because of my shoulder, but if my shoulder feels fine, we'll see," he said.

The running back is also hoping to gain back the weight he lost after his injury (about ten to fifteen pounds). He'll join the program after graduation in June. Until then, Mizzou fans can be sure of one thing: they are getting a fighter.

"During the second game of the year, a dude gauged my eye and tore my retina and I still played. Football is my life," he said.

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