Interview: DT "Nasty" Jack Gitler

Jack Gitler is a true sophomore from Berkley, MI that made an impact as a true freshman along the defensive line - not easy to do. He talks about the porogress made this spring and he also looks forward to 2002 with us and shares the origin of his "Nasty" nickname.

Talk about your preparation from last season coming into spring ball
I've worked with coach Vezeau a lot and done a lot of lifting. I'm trying to get my weight up and eat more and work out as much as I can.

What are you currently at for height, eight and 40?
I'm 6-2 ½ and weight 253 pounds and last ran a 4.70 40.

Why WMU?
The football program here showed a lot of progress and the students were down to earth. I came here to visit some friends so I saw what it was like from a student's perspective before my official visit here for football. I also looked at Penn, Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan and Indiana. Compared to Penn, Western Michigan was much friendlier. Penn was very snobby and just not the environment I was looking for in a college.

What are you majoring in?
Elementary Education

What was the main goal for you this spring?
Stop the run, that was the model of the defense this spring. For me personally I wanted to get off the line faster. Watching film I could see the older guys were faster and I was still in my stance when they were going up field. I also think we've gone through an attitude change on defense. We are attacking more and not reading and reacting like last year.

Talk about the "Nasty" nickname
My senior year we played Rochester Adams and in the first two series I had like three sacks and a tackle for loss and on my visit coach Enos or coach Rock started calling me "Nasty" Jack saying they saw the tape of that game. It has stuck from there.

What are your plans for the summer?
I'll stay here and work out with the team all summer.

Goals for this upcoming year?
I got really motivated from watching the highlights during the last football banquet actually. Watching that video has made me want to be on it this year. I also want to be on the All-Mac team.

What was the biggest adjustment for you playing as a true freshman in college?
The speed of the game. I also think the knowledge required. It wasn't so much the strength so much, but the amount of things you need to know.

Any talk of moving to defensive end?
Actually I only played one play at defensive tackle in high school and when I got here they were thin at tackle and asked me if I'd play inside and I've loved it since. There has been talk of me moving outside and playing end. After Browning and Allsbury graduate we'll see. If I keep the weight on I just may stay at tackle.

Who impressed you this spring?
Greg Jennings is one. I'd also say Sam Reynolds, he has been great all spring.

What do you like to do away from football?
Pretty much just hang out, relax and relieve stress. I like to go to movies when I can.

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