Chas Alecxih Interview
Defensive Lineman - Pittsburgh

Updated - 4-18-11

By: Alex Khvatov


Alex Khvatov:  What are your measurements (height, weight and forty time)?

Chas Alecxih:  Height is 6’4”, weight is around 295, arm length is 33 , my wingspan is 79 and the forty time at my Pro Day was 5.51.

Alex Khvatov:  Coming out of high school, what programs showed interest in you? 

Chas Alecxih:  Not too many.  I was very under recruited.  Uconn, Pitt and a lot of small schools told me they wanted me.  But they didn’t have a scholarship for me, so I walked on at Pitt.  I got a scholarship before my sophomore season.

Alex Khvatov:  Tell me about your experience at Pitt. 

Chas Alecxih:  It is really a great area.  We were pretty successful when coach Wannstedt was there.  We were close to making the BCS bowl games.  

Alex Khvatov:  Describe your senior season to us. 

Chas Alecxih:  They brought in a coach my senior year, and he told you what you wanted to hear.   My senior year was really rough.  They forced their system on us.  Then coach Graham takes off unexpectedly.  Now they have brought in a coach who is a straight shooter, which is good for the program.

Alex Khvatov:  What was your Combine experience like? 

Chas AlecxihI caught a stomach flu at the Combine, but I still participated in the drills.  They even had to move my roommate to another room because I was sick.  I was disappointed with my performance.       

Alex Khvatov:  Were you satisfied with your performance at the Pro Day? 

Chas Alecxih:  The Pro Day was excellent.  I felt that I improved in every single category.  I didn't do the bench press, but I improved in all other phases like the vertical jump and the broad jump

Alex Khvatov:  How have you been training for the NFL Draft?

Chas AlecxihFor the combine, I trained at Ignition with Cliff Marshall in Naples, Florida.  Then I came back home.  Now I am currently training at Pittsburgh and getting my degree at the same time. 

Alex Khvatov:  What is the coolest thing that you have gotten to do during this NFL draft process? 

Chas Alecxih:  Getting to know guys from different schools.  I watched them play from afar, but now I get to talk to them and get to see them up close.

Alex Khvatov:  What is the highlight of your football career up to this point?

Chas Alecxih:  When we won a share of the Big East title and they fired coach Wannstedt, everything was in turmoil.  Nobody wanted to play in the Bowl game.  Then we came together and beat Kentucky, 27-10.  Phil Bennett was the interim coach for that game and he brought us together.  I will never forget it.

Alex Khvatov:  What are your strengths on the football field? 

Chas Alecxih:  I am always 100% effort.  I never take a play off.  I think that I am quick off the ball.  I use my hands well.  I make plays.  I am productive.  I am very durable.  I never missed a game or a practice.

Alex Khvatov:  What areas of your game do you still need to improve upon? 

Chas Alecxih:  Mainly staying low.  I get too high.  I am also working on getting stronger in my upper body. 

Alex Khvatov:  Who is your favorite NFL player? 

Chas Alecxih:  I am a big fan of J.J. Watt.  I like to watch him play. 

Alex Khvatov:  Who is the one NFL player that you would compare your game to?

Chas AlecxihAaron Smith is the one player that I would compare my game to.  He can do a number of things on the football field.

Alex Khvatov:  Which underclassmen on your team should we keep an eye on in the future?

Chas AlecxihRB Ray Graham, DT Aaron Donald and CB K’Waun Williams.

Alex Khvatov:  What do you enjoy most about playing football?

Chas AlecxihEverything.  I enjoy the violence of the game and I like the feeling when I make a sack or tackle for a loss.

Alex Khvatov:  What do you like to do away from the football field?

Chas Alecxih:  I like hunting because I am from the country part.  I am a big movie guy.  I love to play video games with my friends.  I like paintball, which is an old hobby of mine.

Alex Khvatov:  Who are the best opposing players that you have faced during your career? 

Chas Alecxih:  WR Michael Floyd was an animal.  WR Tavon Austin of West Virginia and LB Manti Te’o of Notre Dame.

Alex Khvatov:  What is the greatest lesson that you have learned in life so far? 

Chas Alecxih:  Honestly even though things might not go your way, God has a plan for you.

Alex Khvatov:  Finish the sentence, Chaz Alecxih is …

Chas Alecxih:  I am a dedicated player.  I am always striving to be better.  I do everything with passion.  I try to work hard.



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