UMD's Vandervest a Champ on Many Levels

By KBJR News 1

October 3, 2013 Updated Oct 3, 2013 at 10:24 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD) senior defensive lineman Chris Vandervest has made a career of getting after the quarterback, but it's a skill he says, at its core, is fairly simple.

"It's honestly just alignment and assignment," he said. "Then you just pursue the ball."

It's basic stuff, but Vandervest has turned it into a science. In his first three years as a Bulldog, he had 10.5 quarterback sacks.

"That's everything for a defense," senior offensive lineman Tom Olson said. "It helps everyone out when you get after them. It's nice to get a little energy for the team going when he gets sacks like that."

"Chris continues to play well," head coach Curt Weise said. "He's got a high motor, and that's what we expect out of a senior. He's put himself in a position to be a dominant player up front for us, and we need him to continue to play like that down the stretch."

A dominant football player, he is --- but he's more than that.

Back in high school, Vandervest found the winning formula in swimming as well, to the tune of a state championship while at Ashwaubenon High School.

"I won as part of a relay and then had a couple for USA Swimming," Vandervest said. "Football was first, though. I got recruited more for football, and I was just more passionate about it."

That passion is now showing through in his senior season at UMD, as so is a bit of perfectionism.

"Overall, we're happy, but we're not satisfied," he said of UMD's (3-1) overall record. "When we break down the film, we see lots of things we still can do better."

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