Dec. 8, 2013
The University of Minnesota football team and the Goal Line Club celebrated the 2013 season at the annual Golden Gopher Football Banquet Sunday afternoon at the Hilton Minneapolis.
The highlight of the program was the announcement of the team's annual awards. Senior Ra'Shede Hageman was honored with the Bronko Nagurski Award, which is given annually to the team's most valuable player. Hageman became the first defensive player to win the award since Willie VanDeSteeg in 2008.
Hageman also received the Carl Eller Award as the team's outstanding defensive player, while running back David Cobb was named the Bruce Smith Award winner as the team's outstanding offensive player.
Cobb was also bestowed with the Gary Tinsley Award for best embracing the underdog persona of Gary Tinsley, who played for the Gophers from 2008-11 and passed away in April 2012.
Punter Peter Mortell received the Bobby Bell Award as the team's outstanding special teams player.
Hill also earned the Neil Fredenburg Award, which is given annually to the player who has the most courage and love of the game.
In addition to those honors, the following awards were also handed out Sunday:
Offensive Lineman of the Year - Zac Epping
Offensive Back of the Year - David Cobb
Wide Receiver of the Year - Derrick Engel
Defensive Lineman of the Year - Ra'Shede Hageman
Linebacker of the Year - Aaron Hill
Defensive Back of the Year - Brock Vereen
Outstanding Offensive Freshman of the Year - Donovahn Jones and Maxx Williams
Outstanding Defensive Freshman of the Year - Hendrick Ekpe
Offensive Work Team Player of the Year - Jephete Matilus
Defensive Work Team Player of the Year - Chris Wipson
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