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Jimmy Gjere, Gophers Offensive Lineman, Ends Career Due To Concussions

Minnesota Golden Gophers offensive lineman Jimmy Gjere has quit playing football due to nagging concussion symptoms.

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Jimmy Gjere, a redshirt sophomore for the Minnesota Golden Gophers, started the first five games at right tackle last season.

Unfortunately, it looks like those five games will be the last of his career.

FSNorth reported that the University of Minnesota announced on Monday that Gjere will end his football career due to concussion-like symptoms. The concussion he suffered last year kept him out of the remainder of the season. He had participated in fall camp this season but was limited due to his recovery.

Gophers athletic trainer Chris Ashton explained that Gjere looked good, but simply wasn't all the way back:

"He dominated winter conditioning, winter workouts. He's big; he's strong...He can do 95 percent of stuff without any problems whatsoever. But we can just tell he's not quite 100 percent, so we're just making good decisions as far as not putting him in a risky situation and giving him the time to get better."

Gjere was named to the Academic All-Big Ten team as a freshman last year. The Gophers will look to replace the 6-foot-7, 323-pound tackle before their first game on August 30 in Las Vegas against the UNLV Rebels.

For more on the Minnesota Golden Gophers, check out The Daily Gopher. You can learn more about college football around the country over at SB Nation's College Football hub.

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