Originally written on Down with Goldy  |  Last updated 11/13/14
Hageman's Helmet Minnesota Gophers senior defensive tackle Ra'Shede Hageman is a force on the football field.  The converted tight end is 6'6" and 311 pounds and dominates on the interior for the Gophers.  In May, Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports listed Hageman #2 on his list of freak athletes behind Jadeveon Clowney.  Feldman refers to Shede's 36" vertical leap and ability to still do a 360 dunk.  He also lists Shede's 465 pound bench press and 1.57 10 second sprint. Last year, Hageman had 35 tackles, 7 for loss.  He recorded 6 sacks, broke up two passes and forced a fumble.  He's back for 2013 to continue to polish his NFL resume and help lead a defense that was 33rd in the nation a year ago. Dustin Hockensmith listed him as the #10 opposing player Penn State will have to face this season.   He refers to Feldman's piece as well as the multiple pre-season All B1G selections from various publications.  He's also on the Rotary Lombardi Award watch list and a whole bunch of other awards lists.  Everyone understands how awesome Optimus Prime is except EA Sports.  They only give him an 88 rating in this year's NCAA 14.  Now, I don't know what the formula is but we need to take a look at some individual ratings here. Let's start with strength.  Hageman might be the stongest man alive, let alone the strongest in college football.  An 87 for strength is an insult.  If he wasn't such a nice guy, Hageman would literally decapitate QBs.  Awareness of 79?  HE SEES EVERYTHING.  Acceleration of 72?  1.57 second 10 yard sprint down?  Breaking tackles of 46?  Why in the world would you try and tackle Ra'Shede Hageman?  Are kidding? EA: If you're going to use Ra'Shede Hageman's likeness at least give him the respect he deserves and rate him a 99.  You don't want to make him angry.
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