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2023 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Chance Fuller, QB, Fort Hays State

Chance Fuller is the star gunslinger at QB for Fort Hays State. He recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Jimmy Williams.
Chance Fuller is the star gunslinger at QB for Fort Hays State. He recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Jimmy Williams.
  • Name: Chance Fuller
  • Height: 6’3”
  • Weight: 200 lbs.
  • Position: QB
  • College: Fort Hays State University
  • Twitter: ChanceFuller13
  • Instagram: chanceful13r

Talk about your experience as a student. What is your major/minor? Did you participate in any other activities or campus organizations other than football?
I recently graduated with a degree in Health and Human Performance with an emphasis in Teaching and Coaching. I student taught last fall as a PE teacher. I am working on my Master’s in Sports Administration this Fall. I’ve also participated in FCA as well as the Big Brothers and Big Sisters Organization.

What do you think your teammates would say is your best quality?
They would say that I am trustworthy. I’ve built relationships with nearly everyone on our team. They know how passionate I am and that I give it everything that I got every single day.

What kind of role do you see yourself in on the team? What scheme and/or position suits your skill set?
I’ve been a team captain since 2019 and try to set an example as a leader for others to follow. My role on our team includes being a great communicator on the field, getting everyone lined up. I also try to keep the team on the same page whether that be on the field or in the film room.

We’re a spread team where we run the ball out of the gun. We get our guys in the best situation possible in order to exploit our best matchups each week. I average about 30 passes every game, and my goal is to get the ball into our playmakers’ hands so they can make plays. 

Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?
Early in my career, I played against Corey Ballentine of Washburn who really stood out on film, shutting down receivers. He’s been in the NFL for 3 years now. I’ve also played against Sam Roberts of Northwest Missouri State who recently got drafted to the New England Patriots. He was an exceptional player that delivered solid hits and was a humble guy off the field.

Which one of your teammates impresses you the most?
Ted Hessing has really impressed me with his toughness and grit coming back from an injury. He’s a smart lineman who protects my blind side. Kris Stroughter is a huge piece on our offensive line who has really worked on his footwork. Hunter Budke has been a very reliable target over the years whose confidence I’ve seen grow over the years. He’s an All-American who’s set for another great season.

Describe a time in your life when you were able to overcome a struggle.
During our last playoff game in 2018, I messed up my shoulder pretty bad. I met with several different doctors about the next steps to take in order to get healthy. It was decided that I didn’t need surgery, but I had to go through a lot of rehab in order to strengthen my shoulder. It bothered me for a while, but I continued to push through, working hard with trainers to get strong enough to play. My coaches understood my situation and were very patient with me. My trainers really helped me understand my body and how to take hits. I grew a lot during that time, knowing how to take preventive measures as well as gaining a new sense of appreciation for the game of football.

If you didn’t play football, what other sport would you play?
Baseball. I played catcher in high school. I’ve also enjoyed golf lately and hope to get better at that someday.

What is something that you are most proud of? What would you say is your biggest achievement so far?
I’m most proud of my first start my redshirt freshman year in 2018. We went into our conference championship game and came out with a win. As far as personal achievements, I hold several team records at Fort Hays State including most TDs in a season (35), most career passing TDs (64), and I am close to obtaining the record for most passing yards as well.

Describe one of the most memorable plays of your collegiate career.
One of my most memorable plays was against Pittsburg State in 2019. At the beginning of the 4th quarter, we were down 34-28. It was a 3rd down and very long with the defense backed off. Our coach had called a play that we hadn’t worked on in a while. Layne Bieberle ran a deep post and the pass landed right in his arms for a 67-yard TD. That was a pivotal play in the game which gave us the momentum to secure the win. It was a shootout with the final score being 42-41.

Do you have a favorite athlete or professional team? Is there a player that you model your game after?
Being from Texas, I grew up a Dallas Cowboys fan. My favorite player is Aaron Rodgers. I love how accurate he is and how he is able to lead his team to victory.

Who is your favorite music artist? What gets you pumped before a game?
One of my favorite music artists is Drake. Some people may not know that I also enjoy listening to Taylor Swift.

What is your favorite comfort food?
Anything my girlfriend cooks is good. My grandma’s desserts are some of the best comfort foods. I really like her chocolate pie.

Do you have a favorite movie, TV show or actor?
My favorite TV show is either Dexter or The Ranch. One of my favorite movies is the Blind Side. Ryan Reynolds is one of my favorite actors. He cracks me up.

What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies? Any secret talents?
I enjoy hanging out with my family and friends. I’m naturally very competitive and in my spare time play games like ping-pong, racquetball, pickleball and badminton. I also like to bowl.

Why do you play football? Who or what motivates you the most?
I play football because it’s something that I grew up around. My dad and grandfather were coaches, and I looked up to the guys on the field making the plays. Witnessing the game first hand early on motivated me to be the best player that I can be.

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