Jimmy Gjere Ready For Big Senior Season

Jimmy Gjere, a 6-foot-8, 300-pound offensive tackle from New Brighton (MN) Irondale, committed to Minnesota in March. Gjere, a three-sport athlete, is a preseason all-State choice on the offensive line. GoldenSports,Net caught up with Gjere after his season opener versus Totino-Grace toi learn the latest on his senior season and expectations for his future team.

Jimmy Gjere helped lead Irondale to a 6-3 mark last season, being upset by Roseville 28-20 in the first round of the Class AAAAA, Section 2 playoffs. They lost to Totino-Grace 46-22 in last year's season opener and lost to the Eagles 35-0 in the opener Friday night.

"We knew that they were going to be good coming out. We are not really good in Week 1. It is something about going against your own guys all summer, just hitting a different jersey for once. We obviously had a lot of bright moments. We obviously had some moments that we need to work on. We'll hit the film Saturday and Sunday and Monday come out and hit Week 2."

The Knights struggled to get their rushing game going after losing All-State running back Chichi Ojika. Gjere said that despite the loss of Ojika, he expects good things from their running attack.

"When I am out their blocking, I don't really think about who is in the backfield. I am going to have trust in him. Obviously, we are going to miss Chi Chi very much. He could make a play out of nothing, but his time is up and we have got to fill his spot."

Gjere is working hard to improve his all-around game to get ready for college football.

"I'm just trying to get more sounds all over the game. Get more sound. Learn the game better."

Gjere also played hockey and baseball as a junior. He is probably the biggest defense men in the state, but is not sure if he will play the sport this season.

"Hockey is a big question right now. I have to see how this year goes. I am definitely going to play baseball."

Gjere played legion ball this summer and played well as a pitcher/first basemen.

"We did all right. We went, probably ten games over .500. We made a deep run in the playoffs. It was definitely fun. I started three games last year as a pitcher. My last games, I went eleven innings and threw 151 pitches. It will definitely be fun next year. I'm looking forward to pitching."

Gjere admits that it will be tough to give up hockey, if he decides to not play the sport as a senior.

"It's going to be hard decision when I have to make a decision. I am kind of not looking forward to having to make it."

Gjere said that he is talking to the Gophers about making his official visit.

"I talked to Coach Butler. He wanted me down sometime after the season cools down, right around bowl practice weekend, was what they were shooting for. I'm confident that they will make a bowl. That will be fun."

Gjere has high hopes for Minnesota this season.

"It starts tomorrow at Syracuse. I've got to see how they look. I liked what I saw down at the scrimmage two weeks ago. It will be fun this year."

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