Interview: Kyle Ras

Kyle Ras

Redshirt sophomore Kyle Ras has emerged as a solid starter at left tackle who is continually singled out by teammates and coaches for his play. He talks about the season thus far and also shares an interetsing story on how he chose Western Michigan to play colege football.

Talk about going into the MAC schedule this week at Buffalo
It's always huge to start out with a win in the conference. I think playing teams like Purdue, Michigan and Virginia Tech will help us a lot to get ready for the MAC.

What is your opinion on the season thus far?
We've played some good teams and the little things are really hurting us. I feel our fundamentals are solid but some things like the penalties have held us back and cost us at critical times. I think maybe some improved technique here and there can help us avoid mistakes too.

What is your impression of coach Cummings thus far?
I think he has really helped the offensive line. He is a technique guy. Personally my technique has gotten so much better, especially in the pass protection.

Who has been the toughest opponent you've faced so far?
I'd say Nathaniel Adibi. He is big strong and fast and he was tough to handle.

What are you currently at for height and weight?
6-6, 292 right now.

What are your long-term goals in football?
I work hard at what is going on now, I'm not much of a 1-2-3 guy that has my whole career mapped out ahead of time. Goals are important but I just try to do my best now and don't worry about the future as much.

What are you majoring in?
Computer Information Systems

What are your career goals?
I don't really have any specific at the moment. I just recently declared my major and am not in a lot of high level classes just yet where I can get a feel for what I might want to do.

What teammate has impressed you the most this fall?
I'd say Jack Gitler. He has the strength to be a great one. He also has the speed and is a big hitter out there.

What do you like to do in your free time?
Pretty much relax as I don't have much free time. I might sleep or watch TV in the little free time I have.

What was the determining factor for you choosing Western?
Actually I verbally committed to Toledo and only changed my mind the Sunday before Signing Day. Late in recruiting I asked my coach about Western and their program after a Western coach had called me and just asked me to take a visit to see what I thought. I really liked Western when I came in and I liked the things they were doing. Toledo really freaked out when they found out I was visiting here and I think they way they handled it helped me choose Western in the long run. I also chose Western for the proximity to my hometown so that my parents can come to all the games. I had friends that were attending Western before I came so it has been a good experience from the start. Overall it was a great program that had everything I wanted so I changed my mind and here I am!

If you could win one game left one the schedule what would it be?
Definitely Central. To be part of the team that breaks that streak would be very special.

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