Player Spotlight: Ben Chandler

Chat with Del Oro LB

Our next player spotlight comes from Del Oro linebacker and recent Boise State commit Ben Chandler.  Here's what he had to say…………….

 

Prepca.com: What were your official stats from last season?  

Ben: 103 tackles, 3 interceptions, 3 blocked punts(one for safety, one for a touchdown), 3 fumbles forced, 3 fumbles recovered, 1 sack.  38 catches for 568 yards and 6 touchdowns.
 
Prepca.com: What is your official height, weight, bench, squat, clean and 40?  

Ben: 6-4 212 lbs, bench 295, 185-27 times, 385 squat, 255 clean. 4.63 40
 
Prepca.com: Who is currently recruiting you? Any early offers yet? As of right now
who would be your top 5?

Ben: I am verbally committed to Boise State, but my top five were Boise, Cal, Texas, Wisconsin and Washington State.
 

Prepca.com: What is your greatest football memory?  

Ben: My greatest football memory is when we were up 28-0 against Oak Ridge and I got a pick for a touchdown with no time left in the half (it got called back but it was pretty sweet). That same game we were up by 9 and I caught a 63 yard touchdown to put the game away against the "so called" #1 team in the area then.

Prepca.com: What are you doing to prepare for next season?  

Ben: I'm in the weight room 7 days a week, running routes, working on agility and just getting mentally prepared for the long haul ahead.  Also, building strong relationships with my teammates, we have to bond as one in order to get where we need to be and as the team leader I have to be responsible for that.

Prepca.com: What are your goals for this upcoming season?  

Ben: My goals are lofty but there is no goal I set for myself that I don't think I can achieve.  2 time SFL Defensive player of the year.  The Sacramento Bee All-Metro Most Valuable Player. Best Linebacker in California. 2 other goals are to play
in the Cali-Florida game or the Army All American Game.

Prepca.com: What is your strength as a football player?  

Ben: My strengths as a player are most of all my leadership abilities and my passion for football in general.  I gain an edge on others by my instinct and knowledge of the
game. I study it as much as I can.  If there is a person who eats, drinks, and sleeps football that's me in a nutshell.  I also think a strength of mine is my ability to pursue a play from anywhere on the field. I like being known as a "sideline to sideline" guy. Another strength I think is a swagger, it's that element that's not cocky, but it says I don't care who you are I'm the best and I'm going to beat you.  You can't be the best if you don't know you are already.  It's confidence.
 
Prepca.com: What is your weakness as a football player?

Ben: A weakness of mine is probably my strength; I'd like to get a lot stronger before week 1.  Also a weakness is stamina, last year I had trouble staying in the game through the 4th due to calf and leg cramps since I was in every play. I need to find a way to get through that and play 48 minutes.
 
Prepca.com: Who are some teammates that people need to watch for?  

Ben: There's a bunch where do I start. Nick Huppe 6-1 195 RB He had 29 TD's and started half the season.   Bill Sherman 6-1 285 DL/OL He was 1st team all-metro as a junior and lineman of the year in our league. Zack Hughy 6-2 280 OL He also was 1st team all metro and all league. Owen Quail 5-10 200 FB, Danny Hart 6-0 185 QB/FS This guy was a unanimous pick for 1st team all-league safety last year.   Heath Simmons 6-0 170 DB/WR He's going to be a 3 year starter for us
at defensive back.  Spencer Miller 5-8 190 OLB He is a guy who was a starter last year who was underneath the radar. Teams didn't know about him and he made plays.  Bewsie (Dustin Bews) 5-7 170 DL This guy was an all-league defensive tackle and he weighs 170, but he runs 4.5's.  He is such an asset and valuable player the way he can rush a passer.

Prepca.com: What teammate do you really respect the most and why?  

Ben: I respect Nick Huppe the most.  He is a kid who is a great running back and scores tons of touchdowns but he isn't worried about stats or fame at all, he wants to win.   He works hard every day and takes no plays off.  He is the epitome of Del Oro Football and team player.  
 
Prepca.com: Which program do you respect the most? 

Ben: I respect Oak Ridge's program because it's a power house and they are our biggest rival. I can't stand them one bit, I hate all of them, but I have a ton of respect for what they have done over there.

Prepca.com: What is the best piece of advice you have ever gotten?

Who did you get it from?

Ben: The best piece of advice from a football standpoint I got when I was a sophomore and I had just been called up to play middle-backer at varsity in week 7.  It was my first game and I was nervous but Ryno Gonzalez comes up to me and says," Play with confidence".  I realized that's the trick to being a play maker.  You have to know you are going to make that play when the situation calls for it.  There can't be any doubt in your mind that if it comes at you on 4th and 1 and the game is on the line you are going to make that play. It's that simple.
 
Prepca.com:
Who has been the most influential person in your life? Why?  

Ben: The most influential person in my life has been my older brother who right now plays OLB for Sierra JC and was the conference Defensive MVP as a frosh.  He taught me how to be competitive because whatever he has accomplished I have strived to do better. Having that role model and influence through out the years has made me the person I am today and I wouldn't be where I'm at if it weren't for him.  The nights of film and the hours of lifting and conditioning with him has impacted me a lot. He's a great guy and a great brother.
 
Prepca.com: What can we expect from your team this season?

Ben: You can expect intensity. We are returning 9 starters on defense and we are more stacked than last year on offense.  We have a chip on our shoulder since we haven't got our ring yet so Oak Ridge and everyone else better watch out.  We aren't settling for anything less than perfection.
 
Prepca.com: What are your goals as far as playing football in college?

Ben: I want to play as soon as I can and I want to win.  I'm not going to go somewhere and lose because I don't lose.  I want to win a BCS bowl.
 
Prepca.com: What can you bring to a college program?  

Ben: What I bring is leadership and the will to win. I love to learn and I love to work hard in order to be the best. Where ever I go I come to play and I come to be a player.

Prepca.com: What is your favorite thing about the game of football?

Ben: What kind of question is that, I don't have a favorite thing maybe winning, but I just love football, every phase of it.  It's the greatest game in the world.
 
Prepca.com: What has been the most surprising part of the whole recruiting process?  What advice would you give to athletes who get recruited in the future?   
Ben: It's frustrating and surprising that sometimes kids get recruited just based on combine numbers and not actual results on the field.  But if I have advice, it is to promote yourself. If you get a coaches number call him and see where you are and ask if you can send film.  But don't sit back and wait for them to find you because if you do, they won't more than likely. It's never wrong to call and check it out but if you never do how do you know what could have been.  It never hurts to try.

 

The staff at PrepCa.com would really like to thank Ben for his time.  We wish him and all of his teammates the best of luck this season and also at Boise St. 


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