Q and A With Football Seniors Chris and Trevor LaBarge
By Sahil Patel
Sports Information Student Assistant
What made you choose to come to Washington University?
CHRIS LABARGE: First and foremost, the world class education that Washington University offers. The chance to play for Coach Kindbom also played a big role in my decision to attend WashU.
TREVOR LABARGE: There’s no place like home. St. Louis is my hometown, so my family played a big role in me wanting to come back and play with my brother. It’s also great to have my friends and family come and watch me play.
What does it mean to you to be a Washington University student-athlete?
CL: The physical demands and sacrifices that are made every day are something that only an athlete who has strapped on the helmet and played football at Wash U would understand. The passion and love of the game here are second to none.
TL: It is definitely a lot of work but I get to learn so much academically and athletically at such a great school, things that will help me be very successful after football. I take pride in being a student-athlete.
How do you balance your schedule between football and school?
CL: I originally played football and ran indoor and outdoor track at Wash U when I first got here. It all comes down to time management and balance. You find time for the things you care about.
TL: I’m all about planning and goal setting, so each week I make a plan for how I am going to accomplish the things I need to do in the classroom and on the field.
How did you end up as a defensive back?
CL: When I was seven years old I was the biggest player on my JFL team and played on the offensive line. As I got older, everyone got bigger and I stayed skinny, which is probably a good thing because the girls love defensive backs because our footwork skills transition well to the dance floor.
How did you end up as a fullback?
TL: I became a fullback a long time ago back in JFL, I just had a love for contact and heavy impacts. Also, getting a bone thrown your way every once in a while is never a bad thing. I’m just a glorified lineman.
You started out as a player at the Division I level. What prompted the change? What are the main differences between DI and DIII?
CL: The realization that I wasn’t going to play in the NFL (maybe) and that getting the best education possible was what was most important. The main differences are definitely the speed of the game and the size of the athletes.
TL: My experience playing at the University of Colorado, at the DI level, was an incredible opportunity and I learned a great amount about not only football, but also myself. I made the change because I was able to look beyond football in my life, and a world class education rose to the top of my priority list. And my goal was set to transfer to Washington University. The primary difference is purpose and motivation. At DIII, every player plays for the love of the game, which makes everything about the sport more enjoyable when you’re with guys that love to do what we do.
What was it like running for 117 yards against the Bears for Case Western Reserve University only to find yourself on the other side of the field the next year?
TL: Again, it was one of those experiences I will cherish the rest of my life. Everything from these past four years has happened for a reason, and I feel that everything has fallen into the right place. I am thankful for all of my past experiences and even more to be playing for Wash U.
What did it mean to you for your brother to transfer to Washington U. as well so you two could finish out your careers together?
CL: There has been no greater honor in my life than playing alongside my brother, Trevor. He is the hardest worker and toughest football player I have ever played with and he constantly brought the best out in me on and off the field.
TL: It means more to me than most people will ever know. The path I took to get here was not an easy one, and I am reminded of the hard work I put in every time I step foot on campus. Wash U offers so many opportunities in life, and I’m extremely grateful because of it.
Looking back on your career, what is your favorite football memory at Washington University?
CL: My brother and I scoring every touchdown in a win over Wooster College or the “LaBarge on the mic” story time on the defensive bus rides (see assistant coach Brian Allen for further details).
TL: There is not just one memory. Every time I get to go out and compete with my brother, Chris, and all my teammates are great memories. I really love my team. But, winning a UAA conference championship would be unforgettable.
What are your future plans upon graduation from Washington University?
CL: I will be graduating in December with my Masters in Accounting and will be starting full time as an Audit Associate at KPMG in January and will be taking the CPA exams in the spring.
TL: I am a double major in Finance and Entrepreneurship. I plan to hopefully get a job in the financial industry and then later down the line start my own successful business. I am definitely looking forward to the awesome things the future has in store for me.