Honors & Awards
» Chamberlin Trophy Winner (2015)
» Team Captain (2015)
» Nebraska Lifter of the Year (2014)
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Spring 2014)
Jack Gangwish completed his Nebraska career in 2015 as a key leader for the Nebraska Blackshirt defense. A team captain, Gangwish earned a starting spot at defensive end as a senior, completing a true Husker success story.
Gangwish joined the program as a walk-on in 2011 and spent his first three seasons on the scout team. He earned playing time in 2014 after being placed on scholarship, before becoming a leader on and off the field during his senior campaign.
Gangwish played in 10 games with nine starts at defensive end, helping Nebraska rank among the national leaders in rushing defense. He recorded 15 tackles, including four tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks, while adding seven quarterback hurries. Gangwish was slowed by a dislocated elbow in the first half of the season, an injury that caused him to miss the final three non-conference games.
Gangwish had a season-high four tackles against Northwestern, including teaming with Ross Dzuris for a first-quarter safety. Gangwish had three tackles at Minnesota, when he also recorded his first career fumble recovery. He opened the year with two tackles for loss and a sack against BYU before suffering the elbow injury on the game’s final play. Gangwish had a career-high three hurries against Wisconsin.
Gangwish played in 12 games, with starts against McNeese State, Iowa and USC. He made 19 tackles, including seven solo stops and four tackles for loss. He shared a sack against Northwestern and forced a fumble on the play.
Gangwish had a career-high five tackles against McNeese State, including a tackle for loss. He had two tackles and a pass breakup at Fresno State, and made two tackles and a TFL against Rutgers. He capped the regular season by tying his career high with five tackles at Iowa, including a tackle for loss and a quarterback hurry.
Gangwish added depth at defensive end in 2013, but did not play.
2012 (Redshirt Freshman)
Gangwish was a reserve linebacker but did not see game action.
He redshirted and worked on the scout team defense in 2011.
Before Nebraska (Wood River HS)
Gangwish walked on and followed in the footsteps of his father, Paul, who lettered for the Huskers as a walk-on in the 1980s. The younger Gangwish was a three-year starter for Wood River High School and Coach Derek Garfield. As a senior, Gangwish made 103 tackles, four quarterback sacks and forced two fumbles while recovering another. Gangwish earned honorable-mention Class C-1 all-state accolades for his play. Gangwish was also among the top-ranked wrestlers in the Class C 215-pound weight class. He had a scholarship offer from Chadron State.
Jack was born on Jan. 6, 1993. His mom is Kim Gangwish, and his father and stepmother are Paul and Deb Gangwish. Jack earned a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the spring of 2014. He has volunteered his time with Husker Heroes, Husker Hotline and team hospital visits. Paul Gangwish was a letterwinner at defensive end for Coach Tom Osborne in 1985.
Gangwish's Career Statistics
» Games Played: 22 (12 in 2014; 10 in 2015)
» Games Started: 12 (3 in 2014; 9 in 2015)
» Tackles: 34 (19 in 2014; 15 in 2015)
» Tackles for Loss: 8 (4 in 2014; 4 in 2015)
» Sacks: 2 (0.5 in 2014; 1.5 in 2015)