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December 21, 2012

Chappelle determined to make the most of his opportunity at Mississippi State



Chappelle's days as a Lumberjack

That success at Brook Hill landed Chapelle a spot on the Stephen F. Austin State University football team two years ago.

As a true freshman, Chappelle found it difficult in getting sufficient playing time at the NCAA Division I level and became frustrated which led him to make some off the field decisions that landed him in the Lumberjacks' dog house and in the end caused the relationship between Chappelle and SFA to end.

When asked about any regrets about his SFA stay, Chappelle was grateful and very respectful.

“No disappointment at all,” Chappelle answered straight up about any setbacks in Nacogdoches.

Off to Tyler Junior College to regroup

Backing up to hit the books, and a change of venue, Tyler Junior College was always in the back of Chappelle’s mind, and Apache head coach Danny Palmer was already acquainted with Chappelle’s prowess having tried to sign him two-years earlier.

A second shot again for Chappelle and again proved to be worth his word in not letting anyone down.

This past season, Jeremy was all-conference after making 60 receptions for 801- yards, and 10 touchdowns. All that in ten games, missing two with an injury but coming back strong in the season finale loss to Northeast Oklahoma, 37-35 in the conference semi-finals.

Chappelle made six catches for 121-yards and scored twice in his JUCO finale.

But much like when he was making the transfer to Brook Hill in high school, TJC knew of past incidents and Chappelle was just as aware he had eyes on him all the time.

“At both TJC and Brook Hill, I was known as the bounce back kid,” the newly-signed Bulldog said. “They were skeptical about me and I had all eyes on me and I knew that.

“But I gained their respect and they are all like my second family now, and I appreciate them having the upmost faith in me.

“I couldn’t let them down and it made me strive to do better.”

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