The 1896 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 1896 Western Conference football season. The 1896 season was the first season under head coach Alexander Jerrems and was the first season of competition in the Big Ten, or Western Conference as it was commonly referred to at the time. Minnesota won its first ever conference game over Purdue but lost its other two matches to Michigan and Wisconsin.
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- Ends, John M. Harrison (captain and left end), Henry A. Scandrett (right end)
- Tackles, Ivan A. Perry (left tackle), A.M. Smith (right tackle)
- Guards, George A.E. Finlayson (left guard), Everhard P. Harding (right guard)
- Center, James C. Fulton
- Quarterbacks, George E. Cole, Richard E. Woodworth
- Halfbacks, S.W. Bagley (right half), Martin Teigen, Elbridge L. Heath (left half)
- Fullback, Harry C. Loomis
- Substitutes, Clinton L. Walker, John Taresh, Carl S. Jorgens, Lloyd Sperry, Claude Nicoulin, L. Eugene Parker, Conrad H. Christopherson
- Trainer, Edward "Dad" Moulton
- Coach, Alexander Jerrems:54
- ^ The General Alumni Association (1928). Martin Newell, ed. The History of Minnesota Football. The General Alumni Association of the University of Minnesota.