University of Minnesota junior center Greg Eslinger has been named to the prestigious Playboy magazine preseason All-America football team.
Eslinger, a 6-3, 285-pound lineman from Bismarck, N.D., becomes the 10th Gopher player ever named to the Playboy team and the fourth during head coach Glen Mason's tenure. Preston Gruening (2001), Ben Hamilton (2000) and Tyrone Carter (1999) have also been selected to the Playboy team under Glen Mason.
Last season, Eslinger became the first Gopher All-American since center Ben Hamilton and punter Preston Gruening were honored following the 2000 season. In 2003, Eslinger helped pave the way for the most prolific Gopher offense in school history. The Bismarck, N.D., native contributed to an offensive line which set school records in 2003 for total offense (494.6 ypg), rushing offense (289.2 ypg), rushing touchdowns (46), scoring (38.7 ppg), touchdowns (66), yards per play (6.6), 500-yard games (7) and 200-yard rushing games (11).
Eslinger is also a candidate for the 2004 Rimington Trophy Award, given to the nation's best center, and the Lombardi Award, given annually to the nation's top lineman.
Minnesota Playboy All-Americans
Greg Eslinger - C - 2004
Preston Gruening - P - 2001
Ben Hamilton - C - 2000
Tyrone Carter - SS - 1999
Darrell Thompson - RB - 1989
Bob Stein - DE - 1968
Aaron Brown - DE – 1965
Bobby Bell - DT – 1962
Tom Brown - OG – 1960
Robert Cox - QB – 1957
Eslinger named to 2004 Playboy All-America Team
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