Ben Chappell Interview  

Updated - 8-21-10

By: Alex Khvatov


Alex Khvatov:  What are your measurements (height and weight)?  


Ben Chappell:   6-3, 239.


Alex Khvatov:  Coming out of high school, what programs showed interest in you?


Ben Chappell:  Indiana, Illinois, Purdue, Michigan and Harvard.

Alex Khvatov:  Why did you choose Indiana?


Ben Chappell:  Because of Coach Hoeppner and what was going on with the program and the Kelley School of Business.


Alex Khvatov:  Describe your junior season to us.


Ben Chappell:  It was a season that production-wise was pretty good with the yardage, but wins-wise wasn’t where we wanted it to be.  We were close in a lot of games against some really good competition, but we’re looking to get over the hump this year.

Alex Khvatov:  What are your expectations for this upcoming senior season?


Ben Chappell:  We want to win every game that we play.

Alex Khvatov:  What will be the toughest game for you this year?


Ben Chappell:  They’re all going to be tough.  Whenever you’re in a league like the Big Ten, every Saturday’s going to be tough.  We are not going to point out any game as a must-win game because we know every Saturday is going to be a battle.

Alex Khvatov:  What is the highlight of your career up to this point?


Ben Chappell:  Probably starting against Northwestern two years ago and getting the win over a ranked team with a wounded offense and not the greatest season, but we battled through and won the game.

Alex Khvatov:  What are your strengths on the football field?


Ben Chappell:  Probably my knowledge of defenses and our offense.  I am able to distribute the ball to the open guy.  

Alex Khvatov:  What areas of your game do you need to improve upon?


Ben Chappell:  I need to continue to work on my fundamentals and to know that every play is crucial to a win or a loss in a football game.”

Alex Khvatov:  What does it take to be a leader?


Ben Chappell:  Probably just to lead by example.  If you don’t walk the talk then it’s not worth anything.

Alex Khvatov:  Which underclassman on your team should we keep an eye on in the future?


Ben Chappell:  Duwyce Wilson.

Alex Khvatov:  Who is the best player in the Big Ten right now?


Ben Chappell:  Probably John Clay because of the nature of their offense, and he’s a big boy.

Alex Khvatov:  Who is your favorite NFL player?


Ben Chappell:  Brett Favre.

Alex Khvatov:  What is your favorite NFL team?


BC: Whatever team Brett Favre plays for and the Indianapolis Colts.

Alex Khvatov:  What is the one thing in your daily life that you can’t live without?


Ben Chappell:  Food.

Alex Khvatov:  If you could have dinner with anyone out there, who would it be and why?


Ben Chappell:  Probably Brett Favre.  I’d love to pick his brain and ask him about his career.

Alex Khvatov:  What are your hobbies?


Ben Chappell:  Video games, poker and school.

Alex Khvatov:  What do you want to do with your life after your football career is over?


Ben Chappell:  My major is accounting, so I would like to do something with that in business.

Alex Khvatov:  Finish the sentence, Ben Chappell is….


Ben Chappell:  A football player and a student.