Former Gopher Walter Bowser wore No. 11, and seemingly played that many positions during his time in the Maroon and Gold. The winner of 16 varsity letters during high school in Virginia, Bowser continued to display all-around athleticism when he arrived in Minnesota.
Bowser came to Minnesota as a quarterback, but played several other positions, too.
Bowser, a 1968-70 letterwinner, spent some time on the Gopher basketball team before focusing on football. But cutting down to one sport did not mean cutting out all variety. Bowser saw action on both sides of the ball and on special teams.
He came to the U as a quarterback, but alternated between QB and flanker as a sophomore. During his junior year, he switched to defense and starred at safety for the rest of his career. Bowser not only returned kicks and punts, but also did some punting himself.
In 1969, Bowser made his first start at quarterback. In one game, he played both QB and flanker and returned kicks. He punted 33 times that season with an average of 39.9 yards. Bowser made the switch to safety during the year and tied a school record with three interceptions in his second game at the position.
Bowser was a Second Team All-Big Ten safety in 1970. When the Gophers played Michigan State that season, he picked off two passes and returned a fumble 82 yards for a touchdown. Despite not having even two full seasons as a safety, Bowser is tied for third on the Gophers' all-time list with 11 career interceptions. He was also the team's leading kick returner in 1969 and 1970, and the leading punt returner in 1970.
Bowser went on to become a lawyer and a judge.