The Owls closed out the 2011 season by dropping a 27-24 decision to SMU on November 26
Final practice at Rice Stadium for the 2011 Seniors
Expanded photo galleries from the win over Tulane on Senior Day
Souvenir covers from the 2011 season
Solid senior whose consistent play was his trademark over three seasons... Preseason All C-USA third team selection by Phil Steele.
Made his 24th consecutive start vs. SMU... Credited with three tackles vs. Tulane on Senior Day...Shared a tackle for loss vs. UTEP.... Credited with his first career solo sack in the win over Memphis... Matched his career-high with five tackles at Southern Miss... Credited with three assists (one on the Owls' goal line stand at the 2) as well as sharing his first career sack in the home opener vs. Purdue
Provided solid play at DT for the Owls all season and was named honorable mention All C-USA by league coaches... Started all 12 games at defensive tackle... Credited with a career-best five tackles in the opener against Texas... Top two career tackle efforts have come against the Horns... Credited with four stops four times during the year.
Started three games at the nose tackle position... Finished the year with 11 tackles over the last nine games... Made his second career start in the opener at UAB and was credited with an assisted tackle and recovered his first career fumble.
Made his debut against Vanderbilt ... credited with a career-best four tackles the following week vs. Texas ... earned his first career start vs. North Texas ... credited with a pair of tackles vs. Tulsa.
Cinco Ranch High School
Two-time, All-District 18-5A selection and a three-year starter for coach Don Clayton ... led Cinco Ranch to the playoffs his last two years ... member of the Houston Chronicle's Houston Top 100 players ... also a standout wrestler who won the state championship in an undefeated senior campaign ... finished fifth at the state meet as a junior ... two-time Academic All District selection as well ... elected Homecoming King.
Full Name: John James Gioffre ... Born: Dec. 1, 1989, at Harrison, N.Y. ... Parents: John Gioffre, Harrison, N.Y., and Kyle and Sharon McIntyre, Katy (two brothers, one sister) ... Father (John Gioffre) played football and baseball at Colgate University ... Rice major: Political Science
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