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Gopher Honors

1st Team All-Americans:

Tom Brown, G, 1960
Sandy Stephens, QB, 1961
Bobby Bell, T, 1961, 1962
Carl Eller, T, 1963
Aaron Brown, E, 1965
Bob Stein, E, 1967


1st Team Al-Big Ten:

Bobby Bell, T, 1961, 1962
McKinley Boston, T, 1967
Aaron Brown, E, 1964, 1965
Tom Brown, G, 1960
John Campbell, E, 1963
Carl Eller, T, 1963
Dick Enderle, G, 1968
Tom Hall, E, 1960
Julian Hook, G, 1962
Noel Jenke, G, 1968
Kraig Lofquist, B, 1964
Ray Parson, E, 1969
Tom Sakal, B, 1967
Bob Stein, E, 1967, 1968
Sandy Stephens, QB, 1961
John Williams, T, 1967


Gopher Head Coaches:

Murray Warmath, 1960-1969

1960's Gopher Links

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1960 National Champions:
1961 Rose Bowl:
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1960 Gopher-Iowa Game:
Sandy Stephens :
Murray Warmath:

Minnesota Golden Gopher Football- 1960's

After three straight losing seasons, things would finally
change for the better for Murray Warmath in 1960. He now
had a veteran team, and his team would blast its way to a
6-0 record and climb to #3 in the nation. Next on the 
schedule were the unbeaten and #1 ranked Hawkeyes of Iowa.

In a splendid performance at the Brickhouse, the Gophers
manhandled Iowa, 27-10, behind the extraordinary play
of guard Tom Brown. Brown would eventually be awarded the
Outland Trophy, and the win vaulted the Gophers to #1 in the
land.

They would lose the following week, but the Gophers would regain
the #1 ranking by year's end and would be crowned National
Champions for the sixth time in school history. To top it
all off, Murray Warmath would be named National Coach-of-the-
Year.

The Gophers would excel in 1962 as well, going 8-2 with a Rose
Bowl victory over UCLA, 21-3. Leading the way this time were
Tackle Bobby Bell and quarterback Sandy Stephens, who became
the first African-American to be named first team All-American
at that position. The Gophers finished the season ranked #6 in
the country.

The Gophers put together a strong season in 1962 as well on
the strength of a truly great defense. Outland Trophy winner
Bobby Bell teamed with fellow tackle Carl Eller in aiding
the Maroon and Gold to a 6-2-1 record and a #10 national 
ranking.

Murray Warmath's teams had assembled a 22-6-1 from 1960-1962,
with one National Championship, one Big Ten title, and two
Rose Bowl appearances. Although the rest of the Big Ten would
"catch-up" to the Gophers during the remainder of the sixties,
the Gophers would still be right in the thick of things, playing
tough, physical football in what was a strong and well-balanced
conference from top-to-bottom.

The Gophers would tie for the Big Ten title in 1967 with Purdue
and Indiana. Although the Gophers had destroyed the Hoosiers,
33-7, it was the Hoosiers who got to go to Pasadena for New
Year's Day. So, despite an 8-2 record, the Gophers were home
for the holidays.

The Gophers would finish 3rd in the Big Ten and #18 in the
nation in 1968, and would end the decade with a fourth-place
Big Ten finish in 1969. All-in-all, it was an exciting and
memorable decade for Gopher football as Murray Warmath would
emerge as one of the sport's most respected and admired head
coaches.