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Gopher Honors

1ST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN

Biggie Munn, G, 1931
Butch Larson, E, 1933-1934
Pug Lund, HB, 1934
Bill Bevan, G, 1934
Bud Wilkinson, G, 1935
Ed Widseth, T, 1935-1936
Dick Smith, T, 1935
Ray King, E, 1937
Andy Uram, FB, 1937
Francis Twedell, G, 1938


1ST TEAM ALL-BIG TEN

Sheldon Beise, FB, 1935
Phil Bengston, T, 1934
Bill Bevan, G, 1934
Rudy Gmitro, HB, 1937
Ray King, E, 1937
Butch Larson, E, 1933-1934
Babe LeVoir, QB, 1935
Pug Lund, HB, 1933-1934
Jack Manders, FB, 1931
Lou Midler, T, 1937
Wilbur Moore, QB, 1938
Biggie Munn, G, 1930-1931
Win Pederson, T, 1939
Dick Smith, T, 1935
Bob Tenner, E, 1934
Francis Twedell, G, 1937-1938
Andy Uram, HB, 1936
Marshall Wells, T, 1932
Ed Widseth, T, 1934-1936
Bud Wilkinson, G, 1935


GOPHER HEAD COACHES

Fritz Crisler, 1930-1931
Bernie Bierman, 1932-1939

1930's Gopher Links

Gopher Scores, 1921-1940:
1934 National Championship:
1935 National Championship:
1936 National Championship:

Minnesota Golden Gopher Football- 1930's

The departure of Spears brought the hiring of Fritz Crisler.
Crisler would stay at Minnesota just two seasons before 
moving on the greater success at Princeton and Michigan.
Crisler's best player was lineman Clarence 'Biggie' Munn,
who himself would become a superb head coach at Michigan
State after World War II.

To replace Crisler, the Gophers hired Bernie Bierman. The
former football and track star from the Williams era would
demand precision and perfection from his Gopher teams. This
approach would pay huge dividends.

His first Gopher team forged a 5-3 record, but he was
incubating a dynasty. 1933 saw the Gophers go 4-0-4, and
suddenly his squad could play with anybody. 

Bierman's Gophers reached a peak in 1934, as his team
rolled to an 8-0 mark and the National Championship. Led
by left halfback Pug Lund, the Gophers fielded all-stars
at virtually every position. So deep were the Gophers that
it has been suggested that even their second-string would
likely have gone unbeaten. The only team able to come close
to the Gophers was Pittsburgh, who succumbed 13-7 in a 
classic battle that would eventually determine collegiate
supremacy.

For various reasons, the Gophers lost more talent after the
1934 season than most schools do in a decade. Still, Bierman's
coolly-efficient single-wing offense continued to roll. The
Gophers again finished 8-0, and were again acclaimed National
Champions by most polling organizations.

The Gophers' winning streak would finally come to an end in
1936 with an unexpected loss to Northwestern, but they
would rally to finish 7-1 and win the National Championship
for the third year in a row. Minnesota football was truly on 
top of the world.

The Gophers would win Big Ten titles in both 1937 and 1938
with 6-2 records, which after the previous three years must
have seemed like a letdown. They would fall below .500 in 1939,
but that season could not detract from what had been a truly
"Golden" decade for the Gophers.