Bulldogs’ Vasser hopes football career prepares him for future in acting

Chase Vasser has always been partial to bigger-than-life characters. So when his playing days end, the redshirt sophomore linebacker would like to become an action hero.

Georgia linebacker Chase Vasser made his first career start last week against South Carolina, making three tackles in the 45-42 loss to the Gamecocks.
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Vasser has his eye on an acting career — preferably in movies — when he finally hangs up his cleats.

“I’ve always liked playing around with characters, superheroes and that kind of thing,” Vasser said. “My mom kind of sparked it, but I’ve always been a movie freak. My ultimate character would be a SWAT guy or something like that. A real action kind of guy like G.I. Joe or something — just be this big military man and beat up on everybody.”

Vasser took a step toward becoming a larger-than-life character in real life when he made his first start for Georgia, and it came in a Southeastern Conference game. Vasser made three total tackles against South Carolina last week in the Bulldogs’ 45-42 loss.

“I was really excited to get my first start,” Vasser said. “I felt like I was prepared and I was just waiting for my moment. I wasn’t expecting it to be the first play of the game. That kind of caught me off guard. But after I realized what was going on, I settled down and just played.”

Vasser started at strongside linebacker against South Carolina but his normal position is on the weakside. Georgia lost its second starting inside linebacker in two games when Christian Robinson injured his foot last week. Vasser’s versatility could allow him to move at least temporarily to the inside where depth is thinnest. But it’s still early in the process and coaches have not settled on any moves.

“We’ve got quite a few guys at inside linebacker,” Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said. “We’re going to take the guys we’ve got and see how they fit in, so we can get our best 11 out there. Sometimes if it means we’ll have to move a guy, we will.”

Vasser, a 6-foot-3, 237-pound outside linebacker from Gainesville, joined the team with a quiet and reserved personality. But Vasser has become more of a vocal participant in practice because an actor can’t be shy about talking in front of big crowds.

“It’s actually helped me come out of my shell,” Vasser said. “When I first got here, I got really shy and I kind of closed off myself. But if you want to become an actor, you have to be out there and be a lively person. You have to want to talk and not let everybody else do the talking. I put myself into awkward situations where I had to speak and I made myself speak. Usually I would never scream or anything on the field. That’s usually Orson (Charles) or somebody. But now I’m trying to be one of the guys that gets everybody excited and gets going.”

Although Vasser has spread his wings more than in previous seasons, not all of his teammates are aware of his future plans on the big screen.

“No, he’s never said anything about that kind of stuff,” Georgia defensive end Abry Jones said. “I’ll have to make sure I ask him about it now. But he definitely looks the part.”

Vasser, a business major, plans to start taking acting classes at Georgia and maybe join a theater group. But he won’t dive completely into the field until his football career ends.

“Acting and the theater has always been something that I’ve been interested in,” Vasser said. “My mom has always been involved in church plays and that kind of thing. I was involved with it when I was younger, but in high school, football and golf kind of took over my life. My mom has always been into the chorus and plays. She’s been in every play our church has put on since I was born, so that’s where it comes from.”

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