Chris Bunders
Chris  Bunders


Maple Grove, Minn.

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 292

Offensive Lineman


Bunders, Royston Named Honorable Mention All-Big Ten

Two Gophers honored by league coaches, media


Golden Gophers Honored at Season-Ending Banquet

Junior quarterback MarQueis Gray honored as team MVP.


Gophers Send Seniors Off With Contest vs. Illinois

Twenty-four seniors will be recognized on Senior Day Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium.

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Started all 12 games • started the first five games at left guard before moving to right tackle • started his 40th career game as a Gopher vs. Illinois, the final game of his collegiate career• earned fourth varsity letter.

Game-by-Game: started at left guard in season-opener at Southern California (9/3) • helped anchor an offensive line which led to five yards per play against the Trojans • helped guide an offense that gained more than 400 yards of offense against New Mexico State (9/10) • helped make room for the Gophers' 236 yards rushing in Week Three win over Miami (Ohio) (9/17) • started at left guard against North Dakota State (9/24) • started at left guard at Michigan (10/1) • made switch to right tackle, starting there at Purdue (10/8) • started at right tackle against Nebraska (10/22) • started at right tackle against Iowa (10/29) • started at right tackle at Michigan State (11/5) • part of protection unit that allowed Gophers to pass for season-high 295 yards vs. Spartans • made fifth straight start at right tackle vs. Wisconsin (11/12) • started at right tackle against Northwestern (11/19) • part of an offensive line that paved the way for a season-high 269 yards rushing vs. the Wildcats • made his 40th career start vs. Illinois (11/26) on Senior Day.

Started all 12 games this season at left guard • earned third varsity letter.

Game-by-Game: Earned the start in the season-opening, 24-17 win at Middle Tennessee State (9/2) • offense accounted for school record 45:34 of possession time, accounted for 27 first downs and 281 rushing yards vs. Blue Raiders • started in losses to South Dakota (9/11), Southern California (9/18), Northern Illinois (9/25), Northwestern (10/2), Wisconsin (10/9), Purdue (10/16), Penn State (10/23), Ohio State (10/30) and Michigan State (11/6) • started in the 38-34 win at Illinois (11/13) to snap 9-game losing streak • started in 27-24 win over Iowa (11/21) as team rushed for 216 yards and three touchdowns.

Started all 13 games at right guard • earned second varsity letter.

Game-by-Game: Earned the start at guard in the season-opening, 23-20 overtime win at Syracuse (9/5) • started at guard in the 20-13 win over Air Force ( 9/12) • part of an offense that put up 327 total yards of offense, including 219 yards passing and 108 yards rushing • started at guard in the 35-21 loss to No. 8 Cal (9/19) • started at guard in the 35-24 win at Northwestern (9/26) • started in the 31-28 loss to Wisconsin (10/3) • started at guard in the 35-20 win over Purdue (10/10) as the offense ran up a season-high 207 yards rushing and four scores on the ground • started at guard in the 20-0 loss at No. 14 Penn State (10/17) • started at guard in the 38-7 loss to No. 18 Ohio State (10/24) • started at guard in the 42-34 win over Michigan State (10/31) • helped pave the way for 505 total yards and six touchdowns while protecting quarterback Adam Weber so her could put up career-high numbers of 416 yards passing and five TDs against the Spartans • started at guard in the 35-32 loss to Illinois (11/7) • started at guard in the 16-13 win over South Dakota State (11/14) • started at guard in the 12-0 loss to Iowa ( 11/21) • made the start at right guard at the Insight Bowl in a 14-13 loss to Iowa State (12/31).

Versatile player who was a key contributor at guard in the Gophers' offensive line rotation • opened fall camp at tackle before moving inside for the majority of the season • appeared in seven games, including three starts at right guard • made his first career appearance and start vs. Montana State (9/13) • also drew starting assignments vs. Florida Atlantic (9/20) and at Ohio State (9/27) • came off the bench the next three games vs. Indiana (10/4), at Illinois (10/11) and at Purdue (10/25) • also played as a reserve vs. Iowa (11/22) • helped the Gopher offense average 322.9 yards and 23.2 points per game • part of an offense that generated 2,848 passing yards, the fifth-most in school history • earned first letter.

Redshirted • scholar-athlete award winner.

A 2007 graduate of Osseo High School (Minn.) • high school coach was Derrin Lamker • three-star recruit ranked as the 49th-best offensive guard in the nation and the ninth-best player in Minnesota by Rivals • ranked the 89th-best offensive guard in the nation by Scout • named to the PrepStar Midwest Region Team • named to recruiting expert Tom Lemming's All-Midwest Team • was a 2006 first team Associated Press All-State selection • also played pitcher, first baseman and designated hitter on the baseball team in high school.

Son of John and Sue Bunders • born June 3, 1988 • civil engineering major.


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