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Speaking With Quincy Notre Dame TE/DE Gabe Terstriep Class Of 2024 - Name To Know

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Gabe Terstriep Quincy Notre Dame Athlete Class Of 2024 6'1 215

Gabe Terstriep how was your first week of practice?

The first week of practice felt great. I have been going to camps and working on my game all summer but nothing like getting the whole team together for the official start of the season.

How was your junior season?

I learned so much my junior year. I ended up changing positions from linebacker to defensive end and got my first varsity starts last season. After the first couple of games, I started to feel solid as a DE and was able to get 38 tackles, 8 TFLs, 4 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and 2 fumble recoveries. We had a tough loss in the first round of the playoffs.

What does football mean to you?

I actually didn't start playing football until my freshman year of high school. My first week of practice freshman year I knew right away that football was where I belong. Since then, it's helped me grow as an athlete and as a person. It has taught me the value of hard work, respect, and what it means to really be part of a team. Our head coach, Jack Cornell, works hard to help us be the best versions of ourselves that we can be both on the field and off.

What should college coaches know about you?

That I am dedicated, hardworking, and always looking to help the team anyway I can. I also understand the importance of finding a balance between my academics and athletics. Not only am I a hard worker on the field, but I also work hard in the classroom. Choosing a college is a big decision. I am really looking for a school and team to call home.

What do you feel is your strongest trait on the football field?

My ability to motivate those around me. This year I have been working on being a leader and a role model for the underclassmen. I know how important it was to me to have teammates to look up to. I want to make sure I am that person for the younger guys.

What do you like about playing on the defense?

The challenge. Every week we play tough teams with good offenses, and we have to find a way to be a roadblock.

What part of your game are you working on in the offseason?

In the off season I work on my speed and explosiveness. My goal is to get as fast off the line as I can. We are going up against some tough offensive lines this year and every little bit that I can get will help me pressure the QB and disrupt plays.

What goals do you have for yourself this upcoming season?

Maintain at least a 3.5 GPA and be the best athlete and leader that I can be. This year I am going to get a chance to play on both sides of the ball as a defensive end and a tight end. I am really looking forward to my first TD on offense.

How does QND look for the upcoming season?

This year's team has put a lot of work into being as ready as we can be. Coach Cornell and the rest of the coaching staff have been a huge influence on all of us and make us want to show up to every game ready to win. I cannot wait to get started and see how far we can go.

Who else on Quincy Notre Dame should be on the lookout for this upcoming season?

That’s a tough question because so many of my teammates have been putting in a lot of work. I would be on the lookout for Aiden Klauser, Reese Frericks and Wyatt Mueller. I'm really excited to see what they will do this year.

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