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<< Front page Sports May 4, 2007

In the Locker Room: Chase Palmer
Chase Palmer

Junior Chase Palmer’s impact on the football field was immediate. After transferring to Oberlin College this year from Snow College in Utah, he shined as a defensive back who was selected for the Division III All-Region second team and Don Hansen National Weekly Football Gazette’s All-America honorable mention. Palmer sits down with Matt Kaplan in this week’s In the Locker Room to discuss his life as a father, husband, student and athlete.

Matt Kaplan: What is a typical day like for Chase Palmer?
Chase Palmer:
I am sure it is a lot different than most students. During the week, I wake up at 5:30 a.m. to work at Philips at six. I work there ‘til 8:30. Typically after that I try to work out before going home and getting ready for class. After going to class, I try to come home and see my wife and little boy. I spend some time taking care of some of the stresses in life like bill paying, grocery shopping, etc. Depending on the day I also tutor at Prospect Elementary. The early evening is occupied by football, after which I go home to eat dinner with my family. I spend some time with them and then the rest of the night is full of homework as well as church work.

MK: Is life in the Buckeye State a little different from your days in Utah?
It is a lot different. In Utah, we are surrounded by our families, which helps when you have a little boy. Here we are totally on our own. We also are far from the Rocky Mountains; it takes a while to get used to the humidity and everything being extra green.

MK: Tell me about life as a student, athlete and father.
CP: It
requires the epitome of time management, which I am far from mastering. Life does not stop for anything. I have to always remember my priorities, putting my family at the top of my list. It does help a lot to have a wife that has also been a college athlete. She understands sports and what it takes to be a student-athlete. Life is much more complicated than normal, but it is worth it.

MK: How do you balance these three important duties?
It is tough. I have to try and always stay ahead in school work. I try to do homework when my family is asleep because between football, class and work, time is limited.

MK: How has being a father influenced your approach to football?
It has given me a new outlook on life in general. The things that I do now will not only reflect myself, but my family as well, both on and off the field. Being a father is not easy; however, a lesson I have learned in football is that nothing that has worth in life is ever easy.

MK: How do you prepare for an encore to your remarkable (five interceptions, led NCAC defensive backs in tackles) season in 2006?
As my wife says, “Work, work, work: there is no easy formula for success.” In my career I have learned the value of summer workouts, and this summer will be no different. Citius, Altius, Fortius.

MK: What strides do you envision the team making next fall?
: It is not common to have the number of returners that we will have next year. I feel much more confident within our system as well as I have seen the confidence of my teammates increase. We have great athletes all around that are determined to be successful. I believe that no one is prepared to see what damage the OC Yeomen will do next year.


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