Gridiron Football Diamond In The Rough: Chase Kennedy

Chase Kennedy is a Class of 2022 Defensive End for Episcopal School of Dallas in Dallas, Texas. Chase’s build at 6’4 225 lbs., makes him almost impossible to block when he is coming off the edge. He proved this last season by posting 11.5 sacks as a junior.  However, Kennedy isn’t only just a pass rusher though, he can also stop the run by laying out running backs all across his district. The three star defensive end has such a great understanding of the game even at such a young age. He is often seen blowing up the play in the backfield before anything can get started. With his elite play recognition and speed off the edge, Chase Kennedy is a player to look out for in 2021.

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Why did you choose to play football and when did you start? I started playing football when I was 4 or 5, and I chose it because football was one of the big sports in my area and I loved playing it.

What life skills has football taught you over time? Football has taught me how to be a leader by either managing the team and making sure everyone is on track through games or in practice.

Would you consider yourself a speed rusher, power rusher, or a run stopper? Speed rusher can use my speed to stop the pass or the run.

What’s your go to favorite move to get past offensive lineman? I like to use my speed cross chop and a jab inside move.

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Do you see yourself as more of a hard-hitting tackler, or a conservative one? I would definitely see myself more as a hard-hitting tackler.

What do you look for in the offensive line before the snap? Some offensive lineman put their hand down for a run play and a two-point stance for a pass. You can also see it in the way they lean.

What technique do you prefer to line up in? Why? 5, because I’m on the outside can use my speed more.

In your film, I see you consistently running sideline to sideline and making plays, how important is playing to the whistle to you? very important. I always try to make the play, effort and energy are things I live by.

What current or past player, do you think your game mirrors the most? A combination of Chase Young, Yannick Ngakoue, Von Miller, and Joey Bosa. 

What scheme would best utilize your talents? A 4-3, because I play defensive end, I like to go vertical and attack the quarterback.

How has playing basketball made you a better pass rusher? With my footwork and my head movement can throw offensive lineman off.

Does your jersey number (7) hold any significance to you? Just the number I have always worn since I was young, always been with me plus I’m a Michael Vick fan.

What advantages do you have with your build? My long arms stops tackles from holding me and with my tall stature I can see everything going on.

What’s your biggest accomplishment in your young career? Definitely the season I had last year, extreme growth from my sophomore season got me into the position I’m in today.

How did Covid-19 impact your junior season? For us, we only had a 5 game season, made me more hungry because I had less time than others.

Do you have any goals for your senior season? I want to win a state championship and help myself and my teammates play to our best ability, being a team captain to solidify my leadership. I also want to have 15 sacks

At the end of the day, who is someone you look up to? My mother raised me throughout everything always been me and her.

Describe a time where you were going through adversity, how did you get through it? Throughout my high school career, I lost two family members and I got though it by the people around me showing support.

Finally, what are colleges going to get out of Chase Kennedy? A hardworking leader, a great pass rusher with a good work ethic who just wants it.

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