See below as Wyoming, DE, Greg Kanpton sits down with Joe Gaiter to answer questions about his future.
Joe Gaiter: Who is Gabe Knapton?
Gabe Knapton: Off the field I am a pretty laid back guy who likes to have fun and laugh. I pride myself on hard work and dedication. If I have a goal set, I will do everything in my power to obtain it no matter what. I love to work hard at everything I do and do it right. I think it is very important to make the most out of every situation, and remain positive no matter what. I believe that nothing is ever given to a person and that they must work hard in order to be successful.
Joe Gaiter: How will you prove yourself on the field?
Gabe Knapton: I will prove myself on the field by using my non- stop motor to my advantage. I will go 110 miles an hour each and every play until the echo of the whistle. I have been fortunate enough to receive the Iron man award for 2 years straight which has recognized my work ethic. I will execute correctly due to attention to detail and from watching veteran guys on the field. I think that it’s very important to be a coach-able player and will listen to every bit of advice negative and positive. I will prove to my teammates that I am willing to do whatever it takes to better the team as a whole. It is very important to earn your teammates respect so they know they can count on you to get the job done, and I will make them believe by proving that on the field every play.
Joe Gaiter: What goals do you have for the NFL?
Gabe Knapton: My goals for the NFL are to earn the respect of my fellow teammates and coaches. I want to prove to everyone that I am more than able to compete at such a high level. I would say that my main goal is to be able to contribute as much as possible to help the success of the team no matter where I am on the depth chart.
Joe Gaiter: What are some of your accomplishments?
Gabe Knapton: I don’t pay much attention to individual accomplishments; football is a team sport and should be played that way. I would say the biggest accomplishment I have been a part of would be winning the New Mexico Bowl in triple overtime my sophomore year. It was a great experience to be a part of with my teammates and friends; I will never forget that game. Another accomplishment would be that I was able to help my team by playing multiple positions on defense throughout my career. I have played defensive end, 3 technique, inside and some outside linebacker, I think that this allowed me to learn more about the game of football as a whole.
Joe Gaiter: What are your biggest strengths on the field?
Gabe Knapton: I think my biggest strength on the field is my motor. I hustle every play and refuse to take plays off. I am a strong player against the run game, and use my athleticism and strength to defeat blocks. I have always had a good nose for the ball and will do everything in my power to get there. I do well in pass rush because of my motor and my determination to get to the QB at all costs.
Joe Gaiter: What is the hardest part about playing defensive end?
Gabe Knapton: I think that the hardest part about playing defensive end is just mastering the technique it takes to play the position. There are so many details that one must execute in order to be a good defensive end. You may do a few things right one play but still get beat because of hand placement, or not taking the proper read step, just little details like that make a big difference. I think that once the technique is down you just have to be a football player from there.
Joe Gaiter: How will you elevate your skills to a NFL level?
Gabe Knapton: I will elevate my skills to the NFL level by listening to my coaches and learning from veteran players. I want to be a technician at what I do, and the only way to do that is to constantly practice and never be satisfied with anything less than perfection. There is always room for improvement no matter what.
Joe Gaiter: What will you miss the most about playing at University of Wyoming?
Gabe Knapton: I will miss my teammates the most. While playing at the University of Wyoming I have made so many good friends that I will be close to for the rest of my life.
Joe Gaiter: Who has been your biggest influence in your football career?
Gabe Knapton: I would say that my Father Bob Knapton was the biggest influence in my football career. He has taught me a lot about how to be a great football player and man. Growing up football has always been a big part of my life. My dad played collegiate and pro football, after that he became a high school football coach, so football has been in my life ever sense I could remember. I was very fortunate to have my Dad be my head football coach in high school, and I believe that is the reason that I am in the position I am today.
Joe Gaiter: Who in the NFL has your style of play?
Gabe Knapton I think that Ray Lewis has my style of play. When I step foot on the field I turn into a complete different person just like he does. When I’m out there I like to be loud, crazy, and hit hard. I have always enjoyed watching Lewis play because he leaves everything on the field and just loves the game. I think that our motor is similar in the way that he does whatever it takes to get to the ball and is relentless when he gets there.