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Gopher Honors

1st Team All-Americans:

Lamanzer Williams, DE, 1997
Tyrone Carter, SS, 1998, 1999
Ben Hamilton, C, 1999

1st Team All-Big Ten:

Tyrone Carter, SS, 1998, 1999
Chris Darkins, RB, 1994
Patt Evans, TE, 1991
Ben Hamilton, C, 1999
Thomas Hamner, RB, 1999
Ed Hawthorne, DT, 1994
Sean Lumpkin, DB, 1991
Karon Riley, DE, 1999
Chris Thome, C, 1990
Lamanzer Williams, DE, 1997

Gopher Head Coaches:

John Gutekunst, 1990-1991
Jim Wacker, 1992-1996
Glen Mason, 1997-1999

1990's Gopher Links

Gopher Scores, 1981-2000:
1999 Sun Bowl:

Minnesota Golden Gopher Football, the 1990's

John Gutekunst coaxed his Gophers to yet another winning
season in 1990. They finished just one game out of a first
place tie and 6-5 overall. They ended the season in fine style,
defeating Rose Bowl-bound Iowa 31-24. It would be Gutey's
fourth winning team in five seasons as Gopher head coach.

Still, the rug would be pulled out from under him 1991.
The atmoshpere surrounding the program had been steadily
losing steam since Holtz' departure, and a 2-9 finish
brought an end to his tenure in Gopherland.

To add excitement to the Metrodome, the school hired Jim
Wacker from TCU. Wacker had compiled a noteworthy record
during his long and entertaining career, and promised to
bring a new brand of enthusiasm to the program.

The Wacker era ran from 1992 through 1996, and while the
Gophers developed some explosive passing attacks, they
struggled in most other facets of the game. Although
Wacker failed to produce a winning Gopher team, there were 
some bright moments, such as their upset victories over
Wisconsin in 1993 and 1994, and an exciting win over
Syracuse in 1996. Still, a 59-56 win over Purdue in 1993
would stand as the "signature game" of the Wacker era.

To replace Wacker, the Gophers hired Glen Mason from
Kansas. Mason vowed to return the Gophers to the type
of physical, hard-nosed football that through the decades
had provided the school with a sound recipe for success.

It took only until his third season for the Gophers to return
to their historic place among college football's elite teams.
Led by fantastic strong safety Tyrone Carter, the Gophers
finished 8-3 and earned a bid to play Oregon in the Sun Bowl.
The highlight of 1999 was a stunning, 24-23 victory
over unbeaten and #1 Penn State. Carter, meanwhile, 
finsihed his career as the all-time leading tackler in 
college football history for defensive backs and was named 
the winner of the Jim Thorpe Award.