July 15, 2013
Senior Ra’Shede Hageman was named to the 2013 Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List today. The award, which has been given out annually since 1970, is presented to the best college football lineman or linebacker.
Hageman was previously named to the 2013 watch lists for the Outland Trophy, Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Chuck Bednarik Award. The Minneapolis native enters his final year of college football after a breakout junior season which saw the 6-6, 311-pound Minneapolis native record 35 tackles and six sacks.
Earlier this offseason, Hageman was named First Team Preseason All-Big 10 by Phil Steele and was placed on the Athlon Preseason All-Big Ten First Team. He was also named to the Big Ten Preseason All-Conference First Team by College Sports Madness and appointed to the Defensive Lineman Trophy Watch List by College Football Performance Awards.
Minnesota has had eight players receive national awards for their play, with Matt Spaeth's 2006 John Mackey Award being the most recent. Hageman would be the first Gopher to win the Rotary Lombardi Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy or the Chuck Bednarik Award. He would be the fourth Minnesota student-athlete to receive the Outland Trophy, joining Tom Brown (1960), Bobby Bell (1962) and Greg Eslinger (2005).
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