BULLDOG SPOTLIGHT: CHASE VOGLER
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
There are some NCAA Division II quarterbacks, perhaps, who have thrown for more yards, completed more passes, or own a better passing efficiency rating, but when it comes to winning football games, no one over the past three-plus seasons can trump Chase Vogler. No one.
Since taking over as the University of Minnesota Duluth's starting field general three weeks into the 2009 season -- his first with the Bulldogs -- Vogler has compiled an eye-popping 41-5 record. Along the way, he has quarterbacked UMD to one national title, three straight Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference championships and three trips to the NCAA II playoffs. The Inver Grove Heights , Minn., native and 2012 team captain has also run for more yards than any quarterback in team history (2,326, which ranks 11th all-time among all Bulldogs).
But most of all, he wins. And wins. And wins ...
Opponent: St. Cloud State
Opponent Stadium: Verizon Wireless Stadium (Winona State)
Road Trip: Florence, Ala.
Professional Athlete: Charles Woodson
Professional Team: Green Bay Packers
Pastime: Watching NFL and college football
College Course: American Indians in Sports
Prized Possession: My 2010 national championship ring
Book (Author): The Harry Potter series (J.K. Rowling)
TV Show: Prison Break
Singer or Group: Kanye West
Food: Chipotle Burrito
Movie: Remember the Titans
Actor or Actress: Denzel Washington
Vacation Spot: Switzerland
Video Game: Mario Kart 64
Web Site: www.espn.com
Why I Chose UMD: The coaching staff and the program's winning tradition.
First Played Competitive Football: 3rd grade
Football Strength/Weakness: My athleticism/My arm strength.
Game Day Ritual: I ride a Moped with Chris Blake to pregame before all home games.
Most Memorable Football Moment: Winning the 2010 NCAA II national title.
Pet Peeve: Drivers who have their blinker on when they shouldn't.
Biggest Fear: Failing to reach my goals.
My First Job: Refereeing soccer in the seventh grade.
Why You Wear Number 18: It was the number I was given as a freshman.
Person I'd Most Like to Meet: Vince Lombardi.
What Most People Don't Know About Me: I played tennis in high school.
Best Collegian You've Ever Played Against: (Former Northwestern Missouri State cornerback) Ryan Jones.
If I Could Change One Thing About Myself: I would be taller.
Something I Never Leave Home Without: My iphone.
Advice to a Young Athlete: Practice, practice, practice.
Sport I'd Like to Try Someday: Handball.
Influences On My Athletic Career: My mom, dad and past coaches.
The Best Thing About College Football: Winning!
Post-UMD Plans: Coach college football.
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