SAU Buzz

Fighting Bee: Tanner Champley

by Luke Maiers
Posted on Nov 27, 2016

Tanner Champley is a sophomore back from Taylorville, Ill. While Champley transitioned from an offensive position to a defensive position in his time at St. Ambrose, he has still proved to be a valuable addition to the team.

1. You have transitioned from an offensive position to a defensive one since you have been at Ambrose. What was the most difficult part about that?

Getting the technique down as a corner was pretty hard and transitioning it into game situations. Man to man coverage is by far the hardest coverage in the game and I have much respect for corners now that I have played at that position. 

2. Your team's record wasn't good this year, but how do you think the season went?

We had a great team with plenty of good seniors. As the year went on I felt like we adjusted and got better, we just couldn't finish off two big games against Sienna Heights and Olivet. 

3. Why did you choose to come to St. Ambrose over other schools?

It's a perfect distance from home. Far enough to get away but not too far. The campus is not too big and is easy to get around. The classes aren't huge so you have a good student to teacher ratio. St. Ambrose seemed like a good fit for me both on and off the field. They have a good coaching staff as well as very talented players that make you feel right at home.

4. What are you looking forward to most for next season?

Playing to the fullest of my potential and achieving our goals as a team.

5. What is your favorite part of St. Ambrose off of the football field?

The college environment itself and how my relationships with other teammates has grown stronger off the field. 

6. When you were going up, what got you into football? Was there one player you looked up to?

The main reason I started playing football was because of my older cousins. I always looked up to Troy Polamalu.