2017 NFL Draft Interview: Jarred Gipson, Nevada Wolfpack

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Justin David Kish: Thank you so much for your time Jarred. Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself?

Jarred Gipson: No problem. I am from Houston Texas born and raised. Went to the University of Nevada where I majored in Community Health Science and Minor in Music.

Justin David Kish: During your college career you played for the Nevada Wolfpack. Tell us about your time spent with the Wolfpack?

Jarred Gipson: The time I spent with the Wolfpack was the time of my life. I wouldn’t trade it for any other experience. My teammates were also my brothers and I would do anything to go back to those days.

Justin David Kish: During your time with Nevada you played under Nick Rolovich’s offense. How has Coach Rolovich and his staff improved you as a player during your time with the team?

Jarred Gipson: Yes I played under Coach Rolovich for 3 yrs while at the University at Nevada. And I also played under Tim Cramsey for my senior. Both of these Coaches helped me become the player I am today whether if it was on the field or off the field. Great both were not only great coaches but great everyday people to be around everyday and was always in a good mood.

Justin David Kish: Nevada plays in the Mountain West Conference and the team played against Fresno State, UNLV and San Jose State on a year-to-year basis. What is one game that really took you to your limits and brought out the best in you?

Jarred Gipson: UNLV 2014 was a great game because I was able to help my team bring the Cannon back home where it belongs. We ran the ball up and down the field that game and I played a huge part in the run game. San Jose 2015 was also a great game to look back on as well due to the fact that it was a senior night game and I laid it all on the line for our senior and caught the winning touchdown in overtime. None of that would have happened without a key play on special teams by Ahki Muhammad blocking a field goal attempt.

Justin David Kish: Being a tight end you were covered some of the best defensive backs and linebackers in the nation. What was one player that really challenged you and how did you fare?

Jarred Gipson: It was always fun to play New Mexico. New Mexico state had a safety that am really great friends with by the name of Ryan Santos and we just competed against each other and had fun on the field. The first year we played each other I got the best of the competition scoring a couple of touchdowns and getting the win but the second time Ryan got the best of us getting a interception and also getting a win. 

Justin David Kish: During your time with the Wolfpack you created a number of memorable memories with your brothers on the field. What is one memory that stands out from the rest?

Jarred Gipson: My number one memory would be scoring the winning touchdown in overtime against San Jose.

Justin David Kish: What does it mean to be apart of the Wolfpack?

Jarred Gipson: To be apart of the pack it means that you are apart of a bond with current and alumni players that will forever be by your side if you need anything. The coaches are more than just football coaches but they are also life coaches and help with anything you need off the field. The community is also behind us at all times.

Justin David Kish: You are now focusing on the 2017 NFL Draft. How are you preparing yourself for the draft and who are you working with?

Jarred Gipson: I am preparing for the draft by training in Miami Florida with Pete Bommerito.

Justin David Kish: At Nevada you played in the same offense as quarterback Tyler Stewart. What is your relationship with Tyler like and will he be helping you on your Pro Day coming up?

Jarred Gipson: My relationship with Tyler was a great relationship. Tyler threw me a lot of passes throughout my career including my first completion of my career. Off the field me Tyler played FIFA alot. I personally sucked at the game but it was always great to spend time with him and other teammates off the field. When it comes to Tyler helping me of Pro Day it is uncertain as he is recovering from shoulder surgery still but I know he is on the rack track whether if he continues to pursue a football career or not.

Justin David Kish: When you look at the other tight end prospects in the draft how do you stand out from the rest?

Jarred Gipson: I am being looked at as an H-BACK for the draft which gives me more of a chance to show my versatility as a player and being able to contribute on all special teams.

Justin David Kish: What were some of your responsibilities on the field at Nevada?

Jarred Gipson: My responsibilities were the as the quarterbacks. I have to know the Defensive front at all times and communicate with the press box coaches on what I saw after each drive. Coach Spady and Coach Blackshear were my two positions coaches throughout my career and encourage me to be the player I am today and taught me everything I needed to know about a defense.

Justin David Kish: What does your preparation for game day look like?

Jarred Gipson: My game day schedule depended on whether if it was a day or night game. Just to make it simple I was always listening to instrumental drum beats or piano solos on the bus ride over to the stadium. Once at the stadium my playlist went from instrumental to old school hip-hop.

Justin David Kish: What does a typical day look like when you have time off?

Jarred Gipson: If I wasn’t handling school work I was probably playing my piano with church friends at band rehearsal or hanging out with teammates.

Justin David Kish: How was your chemistry with your team in college?

Jarred Gipson: So chemistry was a big deal for us and in my true freshman year Coach Ault instilled in all on the freshman something that I didn’t understand at the time which was ” Do your 1/11th” meaning if everyone on offense or defense or even special teams the outcome of the play would be positive. This motto was then carried from all of the freshman and passed down to everyone that came after us. Win or lose we stayed close as a family.

Justin David Kish: In the next couple of questions I am going to put you on the spot. If you could compare yourself to any professional football tight end who would you compare yourself to and why?

Jarred Gipson: I would like to compare myself to Jim Kleinsasser. The reason for this that he was the do it all guy for the Vikings during his 13 year career and that was my job as well throughout my career at Nevada. Catch passes, run block, lead run block, pass protection, etc if I was ask to do it I did my “1/11th”.

Justin David Kish: My final question. If I was an NFL General Manager why should I draft Jarred Gipson?

Jarred Gipson: You should draft me because I am an all around athlete. I have played multiple positions on both sides of the ball which will make me a great special teams asset to your team. I will show up to every appointment before the start time so therefore you can depend on me to be where I need to be on and off the field. I love learning new things about the game of football so I will always give speakers and coaches my full undivided attention at all times. I learn offensive concepts pretty quickly as I am a visual learner so watching the actions take place in front of me is the best way for me. I would like to close by thanking you for giving me the opportunity to speak with you.

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