Minnesota Golden Gophers Football

Big Ten Football Top 150 Players: No. 139, Jimmy Gjere, Minnesota OT

Photo via flickr user GopherPics
Photo via flickr user GopherPics
Adam JacobiBig Ten Football Lead WriterApril 17, 2012

No. 139, Jimmy Gjere, #76, OT, Minnesota
2011 Stats: 5 starts

 

Strengths

Gjere is, quite simply, the type of player you build an offensive line around. He's a mammoth at 6'7" and 325 pounds, he was an Army All-American in 2009 and he started from Week 1 of his redshirt freshman year in 2011. All good in the hood, then, no?

 

Weaknesses

The problem with Gjere is that he suffered a concussion against Michigan in Week 5 of the 2011 season, and six months later, he's still not practicing at full speed. He's wearing an orange no-contact jersey during spring drills this year.

Jerry Kill's caution with Gjere and concussions in general should be commended, to be sure. Gjere's going to have some work to do in August to make sure he's back on the right side of the two-deeps.

 

2012 Prediction

Let's assume that Gjere's allowed to return to play, since that's the nature of concussion recovery and the alternative would be really lousy. If he's back on that line, he'll be someone the Gophers can reliably run behind. If he's there all 12-plus weeks, he's probably jumping up this list.

The concussion concerns are not insignificant, however. Let's hope at the very least that this is the last time they come up and he has a fruitful career down the line.

Where can I comment?

Stay on your game

Latest news, insights, and forecasts on your teams across leagues.

Choose Teams
Get it on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

Real-time news for your teams right on your mobile device.

Download
Copyright © 2017 Bleacher Report, Inc. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. All Rights Reserved. BleacherReport.com is part of Bleacher Report – Turner Sports Network, part of the Turner Sports and Entertainment Network. Certain photos copyright © 2017 Getty Images. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of Getty Images is strictly prohibited. AdChoices