Several Gophers earn Big Ten honors

MINNEAPOLIS — Several Gophers football players were honored by the Big Ten on Monday, led by senior defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman.

Hageman earned All-Big Ten first-team honors as voted on by both the coaches and media. The 6-foot-6, 311-pound senior finished the regular season with 34 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, two sacks, eight pass breakups and an interception, as well as one fumble recovery. Hageman is projected to be a late first-round or early second-round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.

Meanwhile, senior safety Brock Vereen was named to the first-team All-Big Ten list as voted on by the coaches. The Valencia, Calif., native had 56 total tackles, six pass breakups and one interception in 2013 while switching back and forth between safety and cornerback.

Redshirt sophomore defensive lineman Theiren Cockran earned second-team All-Big Ten honors from the media. Cockran led the Gophers with 7.5 sacks and four forced fumbles this year. He also had 29 tackles and 10 tackles for loss in 12 games.

The Gophers also had four players earn honorable mention: offensive lineman Caleb Bak, linebacker Aaron Hill, punter Peter Mortell and cornerback Eric Murray.

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