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