For over 8-years, 365SportsNetwork.com has provided a platform for college football athletes from all levels who are wanting to make it to the next level a platform to hear their stores via interviews here on our network. Our interviews provide a full breakdown of the athlete’s career from their stint in college all the way to their current preparations for the NFL Draft and other pro opportunities. Today we are being joined by Western Carolina offensive lineman, Chase Stehling.
Justin David Kish: Thank you so much for your time, Chase. Please tell us about yourself?
Chase Stehling: From a place where not a lot of people leave. Where even less people have the chance to go to college on a scholarship. I started on a partial at WCU and was able to earn a full ride. A true story of if you put in the work, it will pay off.
Justin David Kish: You played college football at Western Carolina University. Tell us about your time at WCU?
Chase Stehling: My time at Western Carolina taught me how to not only become a better football player but taught me how to be a man. I have made life long connections, and WCU gave the opportunity to try and continue my career.
Justin David Kish: During your time at WCU you were coached by assistant coach John Holt. How did the coaching staff at Western Carolina improve you as a player?
Chase Stehling: As a player, Coach Holt found what my limits were, and showed me how to exceed them. When you think you don’t have anything left inside of you, you have to dig down keeper and find it.
Justin David Kish: Playing in the SOCON Conference in the FCS you played against teams like Wofford, Gardner Webb, and The Citadel. When you look back on your career what is one game that really took you to your limits and how did you fair?
Chase Stehling: Playing number 14 ranked Samford in Cullowhee, NC. We were able to come over with the win in the last few seconds. A true testament of having to fight until the clock has all zeros on it.
Justin David Kish: Playing offensive line you played against some of the toughest defensive linemen in both the FBS and FCS. Who was the toughest player you played against head on?
Chase Stehling: I wouldn’t say any one player. I wouldn’t say anyone unit either. The toughest person I ever played against was myself. Meaning if I didn’t know all my assignments, and study the defensive player’s keys, I could make it hard on myself.
Justin David Kish: What goals did you accomplish in your final season, Western Carolina?
Chase Stehling: My biggest goal was to stay healthy.
Justin David Kish: How are you currently preparing yourself for your upcoming pro day and other pro opportunities?
Chase Stehling: Busting my ass. Training harder, pushing myself further. For now in Cullowhee.
Justin David Kish: Being an offensive lineman you have to have a good relationship with your quarterback. What was your relationship like with the quarterbacks at Western Carolina?
Chase Stehling: Great relationship. Donut Thursday every Thursday. Calling each other at 4:30am, if necessary to make sure we were all awake and had no problems making it to workouts/runs.
Justin David Kish: What would your coaches say the type of player you are?
Chase Stehling: “Chase Stehling, a workhorse. Their was never a job too big or too small for Chase. He really cares about his teammates.” – Coach Speir a direct quote from our head coach.
Justin David Kish: When watching game film what do you watch for?
Chase Stehling: Tips the defense could be giving away. Cheating linebackers, safety rolling over the top, d line stances. Anything that could help me and the o line have an easier day.
Justin David Kish: How do you stand out from the other draft-eligible offensive linemen entering the 2019 NFL Draft?
Chase Stehling: Having the will, and power, to physically move people and humiliate them within the rules of football.
Justin David Kish: What are some of your biggest strength’s and what is one area of your game you are improving on?
Chase Stehling: I’m 6’4, 335 pounds. I do not move like it. I’m light on my feet and very athletic. The thing I am currently working on the most is hip mobility, being able to sit further into my stance.
Justin David Kish: Name a point in your career where you overcame adversity and what did you learn from the experience?
Chase Stehling: My biggest adversity moment in my college career was having surgery my freshman year. Having to redshirt, and lose a full season of preparation. The mental reps I had taken were great, but it was nothing like when I was full go that spring. But, I was able to lean on my brothers and overcome it.
Justin David Kish: Do you have the ability to command the players around you?
Chase Stehling: I wouldn’t say to command them. But, I am comfortable with a leadership role. I have the ability to push others as needed. If someone needs to be humbled, I have no problem being the person to do so.
Justin David Kish: In the next couple of questions, I am going to put you on the spot. My first question, if you could compare yourself to any current pro football offensive lineman?
Chase Stehling: Quenton Nelson. The mentality, and effort that he plays with. That’s me.
Justin David Kish: My final question, if I was an NFL General Manager why should I draft Chase Stehling?
Chase Stehling: At the end of the day, I know my film, and my pro day/combine results are my resume. Outside of my resume, I have always been the person who’s first to come last to leave. Meetings, weight room, treatment, practice, I’ll be giving the most effort.