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Minnesota Golden Gophers Football
Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Minnesota Golden Gophers logo.svg
First season 1882
Athletic director Mark Coyle
Head coach P. J. Fleck
1st season, 3-2 (.600)
Stadium TCF Bank Stadium
Location Minneapolis, Minnesota
NCAA division Division I FBS
Conference Big Ten Conference
Division West
All-time record 670-500-42 (.570)
Bowl record 7-12 (.368)
Claimed nat'l titles 7 (1904, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1940, 1941, 1960)
Conference titles 18
Rivalries Iowa Hawkeyes
Wisconsin Badgers
Michigan Wolverines
Penn State Nittany Lions
Nebraska Cornhuskers
Heisman winners 1
Consensus All-Americans 33
Colors Maroon and Gold[1]
         
Fight song Minnesota Rouser
Mascot Goldy Gopher
Marching band Minnesota Marching Band
Outfitter Nike
Website gophersports.com

The Minnesota Golden Gophers football program represents the University of Minnesota in college football at the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) level. Founded in 1882, the program is one of the oldest in college football. Minnesota has been a member of the Big Ten Conference since its inception in 1896 as the Western Conference. The Golden Gophers claim seven national championships: 1904, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1940, 1941, and 1960.[2] Since 2009, the Gophers have played all their home games at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.[3] In January 2017, the Gophers fired head coach Tracy Claeys and hired former Western Michigan head coach P. J. Fleck as the new head coach.[4]

History

The Minnesota Golden Gophers college football team played its first game on September 29, 1882, a 4-0 victory over Hamline University. Eight years later in 1890, the Gophers played host to Wisconsin in a 63-0 victory. With the exception of 1906, the Gophers and Badgers have played each other every year since then. The 124 games played against each other is the most played rivalry in Division I-A college football.

Early years

The sport's beginnings were humble. Students began gathering to play the game recreationally and its popularity grew.

Once the sport had taken off, it was only a matter of time before a team was formed to play against other schools. Early teams were very loosely organized, not requiring all of the players to be students and not having designated coaches. The players on the team started to recruit faculty members who had played football at schools in the East to help organize the team. Some years, they played without a coach. Other years, they played with multiple coaches. In total, from 1882 through 1899, the team played 16 seasons of football and had 15 different coaches. As the years went by, the leadership structure started to become more formal. In 1900, the hiring of Dr. Henry L. Williams, the school's first full-time salaried coach, signaled the end of the early, chaotic days.[5]:15

Glory years

The Gophers enjoyed quite a bit of success in the early 20th century, posting winning records from 1900 to 1919. Head coach Henry L. Williams developed the "Minnesota shift", a predecessor to later quick line shifts, which was adopted widely.[6] Also Henry L. Williams led Minnesota to one of the NCAA's longest unbeaten streaks of 35 games, from 1903 to 1905 with 34 wins and 1 tie.[7] In 1932, Bernie Bierman became the Gopher head coach and led the Gophers to their first dynasty. From 1934 to 1936 the Gophers went on a run of winning three straight National Championships, the last Division I team to accomplish this feat. During the run, Minnesota went unbeaten in 28 straight games, 21 of which were consecutive victories. The school record for consecutive victories is 24, which spanned 3 seasons from 1903 to 1905. The Gophers also won two more national championships in 1940 and 1941. Those two seasons comprised most of an 18-game winning streak that stretched from 1939 to 1942.

Amir Pinnix celebrates a touchdown with D.J. Burris on September 1, 2007.

After some mediocre seasons throughout the remainder of the 1940s and 1950s, the Gophers rose back to prominence in 1960 with their seventh national championship (because polling ended after the regular season, the Gophers were crowned AP and UPI national champions despite losing the Rose Bowl to Washington). That national championship followed a 1-8 record in 1958 and 2-7 record in 1959. Minnesota played in bowl games the two following years as well, in 1961 and 1962. The Gophers earned their first berth in the Rose Bowl by winning the 1960 Big Ten title. The following year, Minnesota returned to Pasadena despite a second-place finish in the conference. The Ohio State Buckeyes, the Big Ten champions in 1961, declined an invitation to the Rose Bowl because of tension between academics and athletics at the school. Minnesota beat UCLA 21-3 to claim its first and only Rose Bowl victory. Minnesota's last Big Ten title was in 1967, tying the Indiana Hoosiers and Purdue Boilermakers atop the standings.

Recent history

After their 8-2 record in 1967, the Gophers would not win 8 games in a season again until they went 8-4 in 1999.[8] Their 10-3 record in 2003 gave the Gophers their first 10 win season since 1905.

The 2006 team had the dubious distinction of blowing a 38-7 third-quarter lead in the Insight Bowl against Texas Tech, losing 44-41 in overtime. The collapse, which was the biggest in the history of Division I-A postseason football, directly led to the firing of head coach Glen Mason. On January 17, 2007, Tim Brewster was officially announced as the next head coach of the Minnesota Golden Gophers.[9]

In 1981, the Gophers played their last game in Memorial Stadium and played their home games in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome until 2008. The Gophers moved back to campus with a 20-13 win against Air Force on September 12, 2009, when their new home, TCF Bank Stadium, opened.

In 2010, after a 1-6 record to start the season, the Gophers football head coach Tim Brewster was fired. Jeff Horton served as the interim head coach going 2-3. On December 6, 2010, Jerry Kill, former Northern Illinois University head coach, was hired to take over the University of Minnesota football program.[10]

In 2014, The Gophers reached an 8-4 record while going 5-3 in Big Ten games, falling just short of making the Big Ten Championship Game by losing to The Wisconsin Badgers in the season finale. After being revitalized in the Big Ten contention, The Gophers were awarded an appearance in the Citrus Bowl on January 1 against Missouri.

The 91st battle for the Little Brown Jug between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and Michigan Wolverines in the Metrodome.

All-time record vs. Big Ten opponents

This is the Gophers football record against current Big Ten Conference opponents.

School Total Games W L T Pct. PF PA First Year Last Year Streak
Illinois 67 35 29 3 .545 1251 1099 1898 2014 Won 1
Indiana 67 38 26 3 .590 1430 1129 1906 2013 Won 2
Iowa 108 63 44 2 .583 2439 1830 1891 2016 Lost 2
Maryland 3 1 2 0 .333 55 58 1977 2017 Lost 1
Michigan 101 25 73 3 .262 1160 2392 1892 2014 Lost 1
Michigan State 46 17 29 0 .370 832 1132 1950 2013 Lost 4
Nebraska 55 31 22 2 .582 907 964 1900 2014 Lost 1
Northwestern 90 52 33 5 .606 1946 1511 1892 2014 Lost 1
Ohio State 51 7 44 0 .137 661 1568 1921 2014 Lost 9
Penn State 13 5 8 0 .385 226 332 1993 2013 Won 1
Purdue 70 37 33 3 .507 1423 1368 1894 2017 Lost 1
Rutgers 1 1 0 0 1.000 34 32 2016 2016 Won 1
Wisconsin 126 59 59 8 .500 2169 2156 1890 2016 Lost 13
13 Opponents 798 366 398 12 .480 14,183 15,249 1890 2014 119 Seasons

The University of Chicago was a Big Ten Conference member from 1896 to 1946.

School Total Games W L T Pct. PF PA First Year Last Year
Chicago 18 12 5 1 .694 303 144 1895 1934

Championships

National championships

The NCAA itself does not award a championship for Division I-A/FBS football. A number of different organizations and publications designate a national champion. The following are the national championships that Minnesota recognizes.

Season Coach Selectors Record Bowl
1904 Henry L. Williams Billingsley 13-0
1934 Bernie Bierman Billingsley, Boand, Dickinson, Football Research, Helms, Litkenhous, National Championship Foundation 8-0
1935 Bernie Bierman Billingsley, Boand, Football Research, Helms, Litkenhous, National Championship Foundation, Poling 8-0
1936 Bernie Bierman AP, Billingsley, Dickinson, Dunkel, Helms, Litkenhous, National Championship Foundation, Poling 7-1
1940 Bernie Bierman AP, Berryman, Billingsley, Boand, DeVold, Dickinson, Football Research, Houlgate, Litkenhous, National Championship Foundation 8-0
1941 Bernie Bierman AP, Billingsley, Boand, DeVold, Dunkel, Football Research, Helms, Litkenhous, National Championship Foundation, Poling 8-0
1960 Murray Warmath AP, FB News, NFF, UPI 8-2 Lost Rose Bowl
National Championships 7

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Conference championships

Minnesota was a member of the short-lived Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the Northwest in 1892 and 1893 and won the conference title both seasons.

Season Coach Overall Record Conference Record
1892 No coach 5-0-0 3-0-0
1893 Wallie Winter 6-0-0 3-0-0
Conference Titles 2

Minnesota joined the Big Ten (originally known as the Western Conference) as charter members in 1896.

Season Coach Overall Record Conference Record
1900+ Henry L. Williams 10-0-2 3-0-1
1903+ Henry L. Williams 14-0-1 3-0-1
1904+ Henry L. Williams 13-0 3-0
1906+ Henry L. Williams 4-1 2-0
1909 Henry L. Williams 6-1 3-0
1910+ Henry L. Williams 6-1 2-0
1911 Henry L. Williams 6-0-1 3-0-1
1915+ Henry L. Williams 6-0-1 3-0-1
1927+ Dr. Clarence Spears 6-0-2 3-0-1
1933+ Bernie Bierman 4-0-4 2-0-4
1934 Bernie Bierman 8-0 5-0
1935+ Bernie Bierman 8-0 5-0
1937 Bernie Bierman 6-2 5-0
1938 Bernie Bierman 6-2 4-1
1940 Bernie Bierman 8-0 6-0
1941 Bernie Bierman 8-0 5-0
1960+ Murray Warmath 8-2 6-1
1967+ Murray Warmath 8-2 6-1
Conference Titles 18
+ Denotes co-champions

Current staff

Name Position
P. J. Fleck Head Coach
Kirk Ciarrocca Co-Offensive Coordinator & Quarterbacks Coach
Kenni Burns Running Backs Coach
Brian Callahan Tight Ends Coach
Matt Simon Wide Receivers Coach
Ed Warinner Co-Offensive Coordinator & Offensive Line Coach
Robb Smith Defensive Coordinator & Linebackers
Bryce Paup Defensive Line Coach
Maurice Linguist Defensive Backs Coach
Rob Wenger Special Teams Coordinator

Facilities

TCF Bank Stadium

TCF Bank Stadium is the football stadium for the Minnesota Golden Gophers college football team at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The 52,525-seat on-campus "horseshoe" style stadium is designed to support future expansion to seat up to 80,000 people, and cost $303.3 million to build. The stadium was the temporary home of the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League for the 2014 and 2015 seasons while U.S. Bank Stadium was being built.

TCF Bank Stadium, photographed from the corner of University Ave and Oak St

Gibson-Nagurski Football Complex

The complex houses the team administrative offices, locker room, meeting rooms, equipment room, training room, and players' lounges. It is named after Gopher teammates from the 1920s, George Gibson and Bronko Nagurski.

Former venues

Gopher football inside the Metrodome

Gopher football attendance (1982-Present)

* First Season at TCF Bank Stadium

All-time records

All-time coaching records

Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
1882 No coach 1 1-1 .500
1883 Thomas Peebles 1 1-2 .333
1884-1885 No games played 2 0-0 .000
1886-1888 Frederick S. Jones 3 3-3 .500
1889 Al McCord, D. W. McCord,
Frank Heffelfinger, Billy Morse
1 3-1 .750
1890 Tom Eck 1 5-1-1 .833
1891 Edward Moulton 1 3-1-1 .750
1892 No coach 1 5-0 1.000
1893 "Wallie" Winter 1 6-0 1.000
1894 Tom Cochrane Jr. 1 3-1 .750
1895 William Heffelfinger 1 7-3 .700
1896-1897 Alexander Jerrems 2 12-6 .667
1898 Jack Minds 1 4-5 .444
1899 John Harrison, William C. Leary 1 6-3-2 .682
1900-1921 Henry L. Williams 22 136-33-11 .786
1922-1924 William H. Spaulding 3 11-7-4 .611
1925-1929 Clarence Spears 5 28-9-3 .757
1930-1931 Fritz Crisler 2 10-7-1 .558
1932-1941, 1945-1950 Bernie Bierman 16 93-35-6 .727
1942-1944 George Hauser 3 15-11-1 .577
1951-1953 Wes Fesler 3 10-13-4 .435
1954-1971 Murray Warmath 18 87-78-7 .526
1972-1978 Cal Stoll 7 39-39 .500
1979-1983 Joe Salem 5 19-35-1 .352
1984-1985 Lou Holtz 2 10-12 .455
1986-1991 John Gutekunst 6 29-36-2 .441
1992-1996 Jim Wacker 5 16-39 .291
1997-2006 Glen Mason 10 64-57 .535
2007-2010 Tim Brewster 4 15-30 .333
2010 Jeff Horton 1 2-3 .400
2011-2015 Jerry Kill 5 29-29 .500
2015-2016 Tracy Claeys 2 11-8 .579
2017-Present P. J. Fleck 0 4-3 .333
Totals 32 coaches 131 seasons 686-498-44[13] .570

Bowl games

Minnesota has a 7-12 (.368) record in 19 bowl games.

# Bowl Result Date Season Opponent Coach
1 Rose Bowl L 7-17 January 2, 1961 1960 Washington Warmath, MurrayMurray Warmath
2 Rose Bowl W 21-3 January 1, 1962 1961 UCLA Warmath, MurrayMurray Warmath
3 Hall of Fame Classic L 6-21 December 22, 1977 1977 Maryland Stoll, CalCal Stoll
4 Independence Bowl W 20-13 December 21, 1985 1985 Clemson Gutekunst, JohnJohn Gutekunst
5 Liberty Bowl L 14-21 December 29, 1986 1986 Tennessee Gutekunst, JohnJohn Gutekunst
6 Sun Bowl L 20-24 December 31, 1999 1999 Oregon Mason, GlenGlen Mason
7 MicronPC.com Bowl L 30-38 December 28, 2000 2000 NC State Mason, GlenGlen Mason
8 Music City Bowl W 29-14 December 30, 2002 2002 Arkansas Mason, GlenGlen Mason
9 Sun Bowl W 31-30 December 31, 2003 2003 Oregon Mason, GlenGlen Mason
10 Music City Bowl W 20-16 December 31, 2004 2004 Alabama Mason, GlenGlen Mason
11 Music City Bowl L 31-34 December 30, 2005 2005 Virginia Mason, GlenGlen Mason
12 Insight Bowl L 41-44 December 29, 2006 2006 Texas Tech Mason, GlenGlen Mason
13 Insight Bowl L 21-42 December 31, 2008 2008 Kansas Brewster, TimTim Brewster
14 Insight Bowl L 13-14 December 31, 2009 2009 Iowa State Brewster, TimTim Brewster
15 Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas L 31-34 December 28, 2012 2012 Texas Tech Kill, JerryJerry Kill
16 Texas Bowl L 17-21 December 27, 2013 2013 Syracuse Kill, JerryJerry Kill
17 Citrus Bowl L 17-33 January 1, 2015 2014 Missouri Kill, JerryJerry Kill
18 Quick Lane Bowl W 21-14 December 28, 2015 2015 Central Michigan Claeys, TracyTracy Claeys
19 Holiday Bowl W 17-12 December 27, 2016 2016 Washington State Tracy Claeys

Rivalries / trophy games

Individual award winners

Retired numbers

Minnesota Golden Gophers retired numbers
No. Player Position Career Date of Retirement
10 Paul Giel Tailback 1951-53 September 24, 1991
15 Sandy Stephens QB 1959-61 November 18, 2000
54 Bruce Smith RB 1940-41 June 27, 1977
72 Bronko Nagurski FB/T 1927-29 October 27, 1979
78 Bobby Bell LB/DE 1960-62 September 18, 2010

National

Big Ten Conference

College Football Hall of Famers

Inductee Position(s) Class Year(s)
Bert Baston End 1954 1914-1916
Bobby Bell T 1991 1960-1962
Bernie Bierman Head Coach 1955 1932-1941
1945-1950
Tom Brown G 2003 1958-1960
Fritz Crisler Head Coach 1954 1930-1931
Carl Eller DT 2006 1959-1962
George Franck RB 2002 1938-1940
Paul Giel RB 1975 1951-1953
Lou Holtz Head Coach 2008 1984-1985
Herb Joesting FB 1954 1925-1927
Pug Lund RB 1958 1932-1934
Bobby Marshall End 1971 1904-1906
John McGovern QB 1966 1908-1910
Bronko Nagurski T, FB 1951 1927-1929
Leo Nomellini T, G 1977 1946-1949
Eddie Rogers End 1968 1900-1903
Bruce Smith RB 1972 1939-1941
Sandy Stephens QB 2011 1959-1961
Clayton Tonnemaker C 1980 1946-1949
Ed Widseth T 1954 1934-1936
Dick Wildung T 1957 1940-1942
Henry L. Williams Head Coach 1951 1900-1921

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Pro Football Hall of Famers

Inductee Position(s) Class Team(s), Years
Bobby Bell DE, LB 1983 Kansas City Chiefs, 1963-1974
Tony Dungy Head Coach 2016 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1996-2001
Indianapolis Colts, 2002-2008
Carl Eller DE 2004 Minnesota Vikings, 1964-1978
Seattle Seahawks, 1979
Bud Grant Head Coach 1994 Minnesota Vikings, 1967-1983, 1985
Bronko Nagurski FB 1963 Chicago Bears 1930-1937, 1943
Leo Nomellini DT 1969 San Francisco 49ers 1950-1963
Charlie Sanders TE 2007 Detroit Lions 1968-1977

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Canadian Football Hall of Fame

Inductee Position(s) Class Team(s), Years
Tom Brown DL 1984 BC Lions, 1961-1967
Bud Grant TE
Head Coach
1983 Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 1953-1966

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Current professional players

NFL

Golden Gophers in the NFL
NFL Draft selections
Total selected: 333
1st Round: 18
NFL achievements
Total Players: 215
Hall of Famers: 6
Source: [36]

[39]

CFL

Season awards

Bronko Nagurski Bruce Smith Carl Eller Bobby Bell Butch Nash Paul Giel Neil Fredenburg Practice Squad Tony Dungy Gary Tinsley
Year Team MVP Outstanding
Offense
Outstanding
Defense
Outstanding
Special Teams
Competitive on
Classroom/Field
Unselfishness Love of
the Game
Offensive Defensive Character and
Community Service
Embracing Underdog
1930 Clarence Munn
1931 Clarence Munn
1932 Roy Oen
1933 Francis "Pug" Lund
1934 Francis "Pug" Lund
1935 Vernal "Babe" LeVoir
1936 Ed Widseth
1937 Rudy Gmitro
1938 Larry Buhler
1939 Harold Van Every
1940 Bob Paffrath
1941 Bob Sweiger
1942 Dick Wildung
1943 Paul Mitchell
1944 John Lundquist
1945 Bob Fitch
1946 Billy Bye
1947 Larry Olsonoski
1948 Everette Faunce
1949 Bud Grant
1950 Wayne Robinson
1951 Ron Engel
1952 Paul Giel
1953 Paul Giel
1954 Bob McNamara
1955 Don Swanson
1956 Bobby Cox
1957 Dick Larson
1958 Everette Gerths
1959 Tom Moe
1960 Tom Brown
1961 Sandy Stephens
1962 Bobby Bell
1963 Carl Eller
1964 Joe Pung
1965 John Hankinson
1966 Tim Wheeler
1967 Tom Sakal
1968 Wayne King
1969 Ray Parson
1970 Jeff Wright
1971 Tom Chandler
1972 John King
1973 Matt Herkenhoff
Steve Neils
1974 Ollie Bakken
1975 Tony Dungy
1976 Tony Dungy
1977 Steve Midboe
1978 Marion Barber Jr.
1979 Mark Carlson Elmer Bailey Keith Edwards
1980 Marion Barber Jr. Garry White Jeff Schuh
1981 Mike Hohensee Chester Cooper Randy Rasmussen
1982 Mike Horensee Jim Fahnhorst Karl Mecklenburg
1983 Randy Rasmussen Jay Carroll Peter Najarian
1984 Rickey Foggie Mark Vondehaar Peter Najarian Larry Joyner John Kelly Dwayne McMullen
1985 Rickey Foggie Ray Hitchcock Peter Najarian Chip Lohmiller Andy Hare David Puk
1986 Darrell Thompson Darrell Thompson Mark Dusbabek Chip Lohmiller Anthony Burke Norries Wilson
1987 Rickey Foggie Darrell Thompson Jon Leverenz Chip Lohmiller Brian Bonner Dan Rechtin
1988 Chris Gaiters Chris Gaiters Joel Brown Brent Herbel Ross Ukkelberg Pat Hart
1989 Darrell Thompson Darrell Thompson Eddie Miles Brent Berglund Dan Liimatta Jon Melander
1990 Mike Sunvold Marquel Fleetwood Mike Sunvold Kenneth Sebree Frank Jackson Jim King
1991 Sean Lumpkin Patt Evans Sean Lumpkin Ken McClintock Joel Staats Scott Schaffner
1992 Keith Ballard Antonio Carter Dennis Cappella Jon Lewis Russ Heath Ken McClintock
1993 Omar Douglas Omar Douglas Andrew Veit Scott Williams Omar Douglas Antonio Carter
1994 Chris Darkins Chris Darkins Craig Sauer Rishon Early Justin Conzemius Ed Hawthorne
1995 Craig Sauer Cory Sauter Craig Sauer Mike Chalberg Justin Conzemius Chris Darkins
1996 Ryan Thelwell
Gann Brooks
Tutu Atwell Parc Williams Rishon Early Cory Sauter Jerome Davis
1997 Lamanzer Williams Tutu Atwell Lamanzer Williams Tutu Atwell Parc Williams Cory Sauter Michael Mullen Curtese Poole
1998 Tyrone Carter Luke Leverson Tyrone Carter Adam Bailey Parc Williams Troy Duerr Scooter Baugus Karon Riley
1999 Tyrone Carter Thomas Hamner Tyrone Carter Dan Nystrom Ben Mezera Ben Hamilton Sean Hoffman Ben Utecht DaVonta Bell
2000 Ben Hamilton
Ron Johnson
Ron Johnson Karon Riley Preston Gruening Ben Hamilton Justin Hall Sean Hoffman Clarence Woods Darrell Reid
2001 Ron Johnson Ron Johnson
Tellis Redmon
Jack Brewer Marion Barber III Derek Burns Jack Brewer Steve Murray Jerry Macken Charlton Keith
2002 Jermaine Mays Terry Jackson II Eli Ward Jermaine Mays Dan Kwapinski Jeremiah Carter Jeremiah Carter Zack Kartak Eric Clark
Pat McCarthy
Eric Washington
2003 Asad Abdul-Khaliq Asad Abdul-Khaliq Eli Ward Rhys Lloyd Greg Eslinger Joe Quinn Dan Kwapinski Kevin Salmen John Shevlin
2004 Marion Barber III
Laurence Maroney
Marion Barber III Darrell Reid John Shevlin Mark Setterstrom Dominique Sims Jakari Wallace Tommy Jacobs Seth Thompson
2005 Greg Eslinger
Laurence Maroney
Greg Eslinger John Pawielski Jakari Wallace Greg Eslinger Mark Setterstrom Matt Spaeth Joe Swanson Brody Grandas
2006 Matt Spaeth Logan Payne Mike Sherels Tom Hennessey Dominic Jones Dom Barber Mike Sherels Matt Krueger Mike Hart
2007 Dom Barber Eric Decker Dom Barber Justin Kucek
Nathan Triplett
John Shevlin
Steve Shidell
Todd Meisel
Tony Brinkhaus
Mike Sherels
Justin Valentine
Kyle Moore Andre Tate' Amir Pinnix
2008 Willie VanDeSteeg Adam Weber
Eric Decker
Lee Campbell
Garret Brown
Nathan Triplett Jeff Tow-Arnett
Marcus Sherels
Tony Mortensen
Eric Small
Jack Simmons
Kyle Theret
Matt Carufel Kim Royston Deon Hightower
2009 Eric Decker Eric Decker Lee Campbell Jon Hoese Jon Hoese
Garrett Brown
Adam Weber
Ryan Collado
Eric Small
Lee Campbell
Nick Tow-Arnett
Ed Olson Aaron Hill Eric Decker
2010 Adam Weber Da'Jon Mcknight
MarQueis Gray
Gary Tinsley Troy Stoudermire D.J. Burris
Ryan Collado
Duane Bennett Jon Hoese
Anthony Jacobs
Lamonte Edwards Cameron Botticelli R.J. Buckner
2011 MarQueis Gray MarQueis Gray Kim Royston Jordan Wettstein Aaron Hill Adam Lueck Duane Bennett Cole Banham Jephte Matilus Brandon Kirksey
2012 MarQueis Gray Donnell Kirkwood Michael Carter Christian Eldred Aaron Hill MarQueis Gray Mike Rallis Cole Banham
Mitch Leidner
Matt Garin
Jack Lynn
Connor Cosgrove
2013 Ra'Shede Hageman David Cobb Ra'Shede Hageman Peter Mortell Jon Christenson Brock Vereen
Aaron Hill
Aaron Hill Jephte Matilus Chris Wipson Chris Hawthorne David Cobb
2014 David Cobb David Cobb Damien Wilson Peter Mortell Jon Christenson Donnell Kirkwood Mitch Leidner Matt Leidner Cody Poock Luke McAvoy Briean Boddy-Calhoun
2015 Mitch Leidner Mitch Leidner Eric Murray Peter Mortell Jon Christenson Jon Christenson Mitch Leidner Conor Rhoda Gary Moore
Winston DeLattiboudere
Jon Christenson Adekunle Ayinde
2016 Rodney Smith Rodney Smith Damarius Travis Emmit Carpenter Scott Ekpe Mitch Leidner Mitch Leidner
Nick Rallis
Jack Lynn
Seth Green Gary Moore Damarius Travis Blake Cashman

Other notable coaches and players

Future opponents

Big Ten West-division opponents

Minnesota plays the other six Big Ten West opponents once per season.

Even Numbered Years Odd Number Years
vs Iowa at Iowa
at Wisconsin vs Wisconsin
at Nebraska vs Nebraska
vs Northwestern at Northwestern
at Illinois vs Illinois
vs Purdue at Purdue

Big Ten East-division opponents

Year Indiana Maryland Michigan Michigan State Ohio State Penn State Rutgers
2017 HOME AWAY HOME
2018 HOME AWAY AWAY
2019 HOME HOME AWAY
2020 AWAY HOME AWAY

Non-conference opponents

Announced schedules as of January 16, 2017[58]

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