The 5-foot-10, 170-pound senior has rushed 139 times this season for 914 yards. He's accumulated 1,261 all-purpose yards to lead the No. 3 Patriots to a 6-0 start. A veteran of the Patriots' 2008 state championship team, Chesson has been clocked at 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash and plans to run track in the spring to see if he can lower that time.
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Old Mill High School, Millersville, MD 21108, USA
How did you get started playing football?
My dad got me started. When I was younger, I did karate. I was really into martial arts. I could do back flips. And one day, because I was also into motorcycles, he bribed me. He was like, "I'll buy you a motorcycle if you try football." I was six years old. I remember my first day going there he said, "As soon as you finish, I'll buy you a motorcycle," but I liked it a lot. I never wanted to come off the field.
Did he get you that motorcycle?
Yeah, he did (laughs).
Do you remember the first time you ever carried the ball?
Yes. I remember the first game. I got an end-around and I scored a touchdown — on my first carry. Ever since then, they knew that I was going to be a great running back someday.
What do you like so much about the position?
I like the aggression, the feeling when I'm running knowing that I can use my ability to shake and juke people and use my speed to burst down field for a touchdown. It's like motivation, because, once again, when I was younger my dad used to also bribe me. "OK, you score five touchdowns, I'll give you $10 a touchdown," so that gave me motivation.
Does he still pay $10 a touchdown?
He still does. My sister does it too now. That makes me play even harder.
At 20 touchdowns, you're up to $200 from Dad. Are you saving for something?
Now, for school. And I want to save up and buy a car.
What do you think is your best asset as a running back?
I have great vision. It got better this year, but I started realizing I've got great running back vision last year. Basically, I just read everything before everybody else does. It's a special gift that I have. I just read things in a quick second. It's almost like a feeling that I have. It's a feeling that a running back gets when he knows a hole is going to be there and now he's got to get in — perfect angle, perfect timing. It's a great feeling.
Are you good buddies with the offensive linemen?
Yes. Best friends. They're really cool. I look up to them a lot. I give them inspirational quotes all the time. Before a football game, I kind of make them laugh, make them feel good. They're playing a big part on this football team, because without those guys, there's no me. Those guys are helping me a lot, so I praise them up a lot. I tell them, "You block, I run and we score." We all come together when we play as one and we all win.