Catch the Airwaves
|The New Big Ten
The Nebraska Huskers joined the Big Ten in July, bringing the number
of teams in the conference to 12, leading to the creation of the
Legends and Leaders divisions. The winner of each division will play for
the Big Ten championship on December 3 at Lucas Oil Stadium in
Indianapolis. Nebraska, last year’s Big 12 North champion, will debut at
TCF Bank Stadium on October 22 for the Gopher Homecoming game.
The new radio home for Golden Gopher football is KFAN 100.3 FM and KTLK 1130 AM in the Twin Cities. To find the Gopher Sports Network affiliate in your area, visit www.gophersports.com
and click on audio/video.
ABC Sports will broadcast the Gopher homecoming game against Nebraska on October 22 at 2:30 p.m. CST.
Come to Campus Early
| 2011 GOPHER FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Home games in bold
New Mexico State
• The McNamara Alumni Center pregame party
begins three hours before kickoff. Food and beverages (alcoholic and nonalcoholic) will be available for purchase.
• Tailgate lots
open six hours before kickoff.
• Oak Street between Mariucci Arena and the stadium between will close beginning three hours before kickoff for fan activities including the Gopher Victory Walk, a Band pregame show, games, face painting, live entertainment, prizes, and food and beverages.
• The University of Minnesota Marching Band
’s traditional pregame show, a highlight of every home football game, begins on the field 20 minutes before kickoff.
• Allow time for detours and delays due to construction of the Central Corridor light rail transit
line near TCF Bank Stadium.
• Consider using public transportation and/or a shuttle. For information visit www.tcfbankstadium.com
Players to Watch
Senior Troy Stoudermire
“It doesn’t matter if we win or lose by 50 points, I go home and my kids
think I’m the greatest. I’ll know it’s time to get out of football when
Emma asks me, ‘Daddy, why in the world did you run on third down?’”
—Gopher offensive coordinator Matt Limegrover
(left) has racked up a career total 2,929 yards returning kicks and needs just 189 more to tie the all-time NCAA record.
Senior tight end Eric Lair
is one of 32 players nationwide on the 2011 John Mackey Award watch list. The award is given annually to the best collegiate tight end.
Senior wide receiver Da’Jon McKnight
is on pace to emerge as a star this year. He’s one of 75 players on the watch list for the Fred Biletnikoff Award, presented annually to the nation’s best college receiver.
True freshman wide receiver Marcus Jones
has the kind of speed and quickness that can be game-changing. He and 6-foot-3-inch, 210-pound junior transfer Ge’Shun Harris
add some much-needed talent to the receiving corps.
Sophomore middle linebacker Brendan Beal
, a transfer from the University of Florida, is likely to be an impact player in his first year as a Gopher. Last year’s leading tackler, senior Gary Tinsley
, will move to outside linebacker to make way for Beal.
The cumulative weight of the 116 members of the
Gopher football team is approximately equal to what?
a. A campus connector bus
b. An elephant
c. 5,000 tackling dummies
A football helmet weighs how much?
a. 6 pounds
b. 3 pounds
c. It varies according to the player’s position
Taking into account the 18-minute pregame show and the
16-minute halftime show, the 300 members of the Minnesota Marching Band combined walk the equivalent of approximately what distance from TCF Bank Stadium during one football game?
a. To Chicago, Illinois (407 miles)
b. To Rochester, Minnesota (87 miles)
c. To Farmington Hills, Michigan (525 miles)
Online Bonus Question! (for tiebreakers and bragging rights only; please, no wagering)
Last season the Gopher football players voted which teammate as having the best hair?
Answers? We got answers
a. Duane Bennett
b. Aaron Hill
c. Collin McGarry
d. Ed Olson
e. Mike Rallis
Huskers v. Gophers Redux
The Gophers welcome the Big Ten’s newest member, the Nebraska Huskers, to TCF Bank Stadium on Homecoming, October 22. It will be the 52nd time the two teams have met; Minnesota holds a 29-20-2 edge.
One hundred years ago the Minnesota Alumni Weekly
recapped the Gophers 21-3 win over Nebraska:
“Minnesota looked forward to the Nebraska game with anything but a sense of security. The records of the two teams up to the present date favored the visitors. They had a team of veterans and were fast and resourceful. They were clean-cut, heavy men and they looked fit for the game of their lives. But Minnesota has come a long way during the past two weeks and hardly a minute during the whole hour did Nebraska push the playing. The few times when Nebraska did get the ball she was unable to make distance consistently and though several times a forward pass or a long run brought the hearts of Minnesota rooters to their mouths, such gains were usually followed by tackles for a loss. . . . Minnesota has found herself and will look forward to the remaining games of the season with confidence that the team will give good account of itself.”
Sandy Stephens Elected to Hall of Fame
Sandy Stephens, the most accomplished quarterback in Gopher history, was posthumously elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in May.
Originally from Uniontown, Pennsylvania, Stephens chose Minnesota because he aspired to play in the Rose Bowl. He achieved that, and more, at the U, leading the Golden Gophers to the 1960 National Championship and to the 1961 and 1962 Rose Bowls. A consensus first-team All-American and the Big Ten’s Most Valuable Player in 1961, he was the first African American in college football history ever to earn All-American status at the quarterback position. He is the 19th Golden Gopher to be inducted into the College of Football Hall of Fame and the first since Bobby Bell in 1991.
Stephens died at age 59 on June 7, 2000.
Homecoming: All That Glitters Is Gold
Homecoming Week, October 16–22, features several new events tailored especially for alumni under the theme “All That Glitters Is Gold.”
October 16, 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m.: Thank U: One Community Building Common Unity. Kick off the week by thanking the greater community for all it does for the U. Join fellow alumni, their families, students, faculty, and staff in performing service projects. Food and entertainment will be provided. Register at homecoming.umn.edu/thank-u
October 21: College Day. Twelve colleges and departments are organizing a rich variety of events for alumni to enjoy including reunions, a Mozart concert, author presentations, and faculty-led discussions.
After College Day events, stay on campus to enjoy the homecoming parade at 7 p.m. Then follow the Minnesota Marching Band into TCF Bank Stadium for a rousing pepfest featuring the Spirit Squads, fireworks, and the coronation of homecoming royalty.
A concert featuring nationally recognized talent will follow. A limited number of discounted tickets for alumni will be available for $17.50.
October 22, 2:30 p.m.: Cheer on the Gophers as they take on Nebraska at TCF Bank Stadium.
For details on these and other events, visit www.MinnesotaAlumni.org/Homecoming