90i #82: Chase Haslett June 11, 2013
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6′-1″, 195 lbs.
Redshirt sophomore (on scholarship, 3 years to play 3)
Clayton High School / Clayton, Missouri
What I Know About Him:
I think we all know that his father is Jim Haslett, current defensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins. And I’m certain that Chase is probably tired of being identified that way. He played his high school ball in the St. Louis area while his dad was defensive coordinator (and then interim head coach) for the Rams.
Another thing that Chase is probably tired of hearing: Ron Zook was the defensive coordinator at New Orleans while Jim Haslett was the head coach, and the two remained close after Zook left to take the Florida job. So it wasn’t much of a surprise that one of the quarterbacks we targeted in the 2011 class was Chase Haslett. He redshirted in 2011, so we now have a quarterback in each class – Scheelhaase a senior, O’Toole a junior, Haslett a sophomore, and Bailey a freshman.
What I Expect From Him:
To be honest, he was a Zook guy, so I wasn’t sure if he’d stick around after Zook was fired. With the offense we were putting in last year (requiring a running QB, which Haslett isn’t), I figured he might move on down the road.
Now, he’s probably pleased that he stuck around. We’re kind of switching from a running QB system to a pocket QB system, so here’s Haslett’s chance to make some noise. Maybe he can push O’Toole for some backup minutes. Maybe he’ll emerge from Rantoul as a viable backup option. Or maybe he’ll be passed by Aaron Bailey.
So this is probably his make or break season. If he’s going to make any noise and enter the QB race, he probably needs to make that noise in Rantoul in a few months.