Dec. 2, 2013
The Big Ten announced today the 2013 All-Big Ten Teams and nine Gophers were honored by the league for their standout play during the season. Minnesota had four honorees last year.
Senior defensive tackle Ra'Shede Hageman was named first team All-Big Ten by both the league's coaches and media. He is first Gopher to be appointed by both the coaches and media as a first-team player since wide receiver Eric Decker in 2008 (Decker was also voted to the first team by the coaches in 2009). Hageman finished the regular season with 34 tackles, a team-high 11 tackles-for-loss, two sacks, one interception, eight pass breakups, one fumble recovery, one blocked field goal and one blocked extra point.
Senior defensive back Brock Vereen was voted a first team All-Big Ten player by the coaches and received honorable mention accolades from the media. Vereen and Hageman are the first Gopher duo to be named to the first-team since Decker and defensive end Willie VanDeSteeg (media) in 2008. It is the first time that Minnesota has had two defensive players named to the first team since 2000 when defensive end Karon Riley and cornerback Willie Middlebrooks were honored. Vereen totaled 56 tackles, 2.5 tackles-for-loss, one interception, six pass breakups and also forced one fumble this year.
Redshirt sophomore defensive end Theiren Cockran was named second team All-Big Ten by the media. Cockran finished the regular season with 29 tackles, 10.0 tackles-for-loss, a team-high 7.5 sacks, one pass breakup, four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
Caleb Bak, Peter Mortell and Eric Murray were named honorable mention by the coaches and the media. Aaron Hill, who was also Minnesota's Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Honoree, was named honorable mention by the coaches. Josh Campion and Zac Epping received honorable mention status from the media.
Minnesota finished the regular season 8-4 and qualified for a bowl game for the second consecutive year. The Gophers will find out what bowl they will play in and who their opponent will be in the upcoming days.
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Game 8: Minnesota at Illinois
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