1996 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

The 1996 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 1996 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their fourth year under head coach Jim Wacker, the Golden Gophers compiled a 4–7 record and were outscored by their opponents by a combined total of 340 to 236.[1]

1996 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1996 record4–7 (1–7 Big Ten)
Head coachJim Wacker (5th season)
Defensive coordinatorTim Rose
CaptainGann Brooks, Jerome Davis, Ben Langford, Cory Sauter
Home stadiumHubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Seasons
← 1995
1997 →
1996 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 2 Ohio State +   7 1         11 1  
No. 15 Northwestern +   7 1         9 3  
No. 7 Penn State   6 2         11 2  
No. 18 Iowa   6 2         9 3  
No. 20 Michigan   5 3         8 4  
Michigan State   5 3         6 6  
Wisconsin   3 5         8 5  
Purdue   2 6         3 8  
Minnesota   1 7         4 7  
Indiana   1 7         3 8  
Illinois   1 7         2 9  
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

Linebacker Luke Braaten, offensive tackle James Elizondo, offensive guard Pat Hau, quarterback Rob Jones, long snapper Derek Rackley, cornerback Fred Rodgers, quarterback Cory Sauter, linebacker Jim Tallman, linebacker Parc Williams and quarterback Spergon Wynn were named Academic All-Big Ten.[2]

Wide receiver Ryan Thelwell and offensive tackle Gann Brooks were awarded the Bronko Nagurski Award.[3] Wide receiver Tutu Atwell was awarded the Bruce Smith Award.[3] Parc Williams was awarded the Carl Eller Award.[3] Free safety Rishon Early was awarded the Bobby Bell Award.[3] Cory Sauter was awarded the Butch Nash Award.[3] Defensive tackle Jerome Davis was awarded the Paul Giel Award.[3]

Total attendance for the season was 261,113, which averaged out to 43,519 per game.[4] The season high for attendance was again rival Iowa.[4]

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 77:00 PMat NE Louisiana*W 30–324,842
September 147:00 PMBall State*W 26–2341,007
September 217:30 PMNo. 23 Syracuse*
  • Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
  • Minneapolis
ESPN2W 35–3345,756
October 511:20 AMat PurdueESPN+L 27–3039,343
October 1211:30 AMat No. 15 NorthwesternESPN2L 24–2635,848
October 193:00 PMMichigan State 
  • Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
  • Minneapolis
L 9–2745,434
October 266:00 PMNo. 10 Michigan
ESPN2L 10–4441,246
November 211:30 AMat No. 2 Ohio StateESPN2L 0–4593,588
November 911:20 AMat WisconsinESPN+L 28–4578,006
November 166:00 PMIllinois
  • Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
  • Minneapolis
MSCW 23–2134,321
November 237:30 PMIowa
ESPN2L 24–4353,349
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

RosterEdit

1996 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 20 Jim Bean Fr
G 60 Chris Bergstrom Sr
QB 11 Rob Jones Sr
QB 17 Cory Sauter Jr
WR 4 Ryan Thelwell Jr
C 61 Jason Zander Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 22 Tyrone Carter Fr
CB 24 Rodney Heath Sr
FS 23 Crawford Jordan Jr
SS 32 Mike Juszczak Jr
OLB 39 Ray Kaiser Jr
DT 94 Josh Rawlings Fr
DT 58 Antoine Richard So
CB 2 Craig Scruggs So
ILB 46 Rufus Smith So
OLB 15 Don Williams Jr
ILB 37 Parc Williams So
ILB 93 Jude Wimberger Fr
OLB 26 Blake Zochert Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  •   Injured
  •   Redshirt

Roster

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1996 Minnesota Golden Gophers Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 1, 2017.
  2. ^ Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), p. 182[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b c d e f Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), p. 181[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ a b Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), p. 160[permanent dead link]