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    Eric Chappell

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Montgomery, AL

    High School:
    Carver

    Height / Weight:
    6-4 / 226

    Position:
    Quarterback

    Birthdate:
    07/14/1978

    HS Coach:
    Alonza Pickett


    One of three upperclassmen on Irish quarterback roster for '99 campaign . . . joins sophomore Arnaz Battle in support role at quarterback for Irish in '99 behind veteran returning starter Jarious Jackson . . . has come a long way in developing his game, considering his playing time has been limited . . . progressed impressively enough to earn the starting assignment in the '98 regular-season finale at USC with Jackson idled by a knee injury . . . tall, rangy player who fits the Irish mold for quarterbacks with his combination of running and throwing skills . . . spent his first two seasons learning the ropes at quarterback, then proved himself capable of making at impact at that position as junior in '98 . . . his experiences a year ago give Irish three players in '99 with background to help under center . . . sees the field well with his size and has proven to be a scrambling-style runner.

    AS A JUNIOR: Played in three games in '98 as Irish quarterback, including first career starting assignment in regular-season finale at USC . . . battled rookie Arnaz Battle throughout the season for backup job behind Jarious Jackson . . . moved into number-two slot in November after Battle sprained his right shoulder vs. Baylor . . . took three snaps vs. Baylor and eight vs. Navy . . . was tabbed as starter the day prior to the USC game after sharing time in practice that week with Battle . . . played first four series vs. USC, taking 19 snaps . . . rushed seven times for 33 yards to rank second among Irish ground gainers in that contest - and attempted three passes, with two of them intercepted.

    AS A SOPHOMORE: Did not play in a game at quarterback in '97 . . . played with Irish special teams in last four regular-season contests, making 14 combined appearances with kicking units, then made two more special-team appearances in '97 Independence Bowl vs. LSU.

    AS A FRESHMAN: Did not see varsity action as rookie in '96.

    HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Alabama all-state selection as senior in '95 . . . earned four letters in football as quarterback and free safety at Carver High School in Montgomery, Ala. . . . threw for 700 yards, nine TDs as senior in '95 and rushed for 500 more yards and seven TDs . . . as a junior threw for 2,300 yards with 23 TDs . . rushed for 950 yards and six TDs in '94 . . . named to Super Southern 100 by Atlanta Journal-Constitution as linebacker . . . captain of team as senior . . . all-area quarterback selection who also made 96 tackles in '95 and intercepted seven passes as free safety in '95 and six more in '94 . . . had 90 tackles as junior in '94 . . . earned four letters in basketball, captaining team as senior, and one in track . . . an all-state pick in basketball as senior . . . born 7-14-78 in Montgomery, Ala. . . . younger of two children . . . full name is Eric Dewon Chappell . . . enrolled in College of Business Administration with major in management . . . earned 3.2 grade-point average during '99 spring semester.

           G-GS    Time   PA  PC  Int.   Pct.  Yds. TD  LG
    1997   4-0        -    0   0    0   .000    0    0   0
    1998   3-0    13:35    4   0    2   .000    0    0   0
    TOTAL  7-0    13:35    4   0    2   .000    0    0   0
    

    TC Yds. Avg. TD LG 1997 0 0 0.0 0 0 1998 9 45 5.0 0 8 TOTAL 9 45 5.0 0 8

    Chappell Game By Game

    1998
    Game              PA   PC  INT.  YDS.  TD  TC  YDS.  TD
    Michigan          DNP
    Michigan State    DNP
    Purdue            DNP
    Stanford          DNP
    Arizona State     DNP
    Army              DNP
    Baylor (:53)      1     0    0    0     0   0     0   0
    Boston College    DNP
    Navy (3:34)       0     0    0    0     0   2    12   0
    LSU               DNP
    *USC (9:08)       3     0    2    0     0   7    33   0
    1999 Gator Bowl
    Georgia Tech      DNP
    *games started
    
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