Originally written on The B1g Time  |  Last updated 5/23/13

We're one player away from the all important top 10 of our preseason countdown... This seems like the cruelest of all the spots to be on the list, but it's also just about the right spot for perhaps the name that will surprise the general public the most. 

Every year there's that "breakout" player who comes out of nowhere and becomes a name to know and in 2012 that happened twice for the Gophers. We already hit on one of those on our list in offensive lineman Zac Epping, well, consider our No. 11 player the defensive version of Epping, only a completely different kind of athletic freak. 

So, consider yourself shocked, or get ready to be educated about one of the hidden gems of the 2012 season. Hell, he was recently named the 2nd biggest "freak" in all of college football  by Bruce Feldman of CBSsports.com - his secret could won't be kept too much longer.

No. 11: Ra'Shede Hageman (DT, Minnesota)

2012 Stats/Honors: 35 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 6 sacks, 1INT, 2 pass break ups - Honorable Mention all-Big Ten by media

What makes him worthy: Jerry Kill has had his share of pretty talented individuals on the defensive side of the ball and even he admits that Hageman may be the best athlete he's coached on the defensive line in his career. Kill's endorsement is good enough for me, but we can continue on with further proof. 

We mentioned the fact that he recently was ranked as the 2nd biggest athletic freak in college football and for a good reason, the 6'6", 312lbs. dude was clocked at a 1.54 second 10 yard dash, can still do a 360 dunk, and has a 36 inch vertical. 

If you watch any of the games from a season ago it's clear that he was a major concern of every offense he faced, routinely seeing double teams. He was 2nd on the team in sacks despite that fact and despite the fact that he was the only real threat on the defensive line. Hageman leads all returning defensive players in sacks entering 2013. 

One could argue that without the likes of Jonathan Hankins, Kawann Short and Jordan Hill Hageman could've been a household name in the Big Ten by the end of last season. Expect that to be the case big time this year as the lightbulb has gone off in a major way and improvement can only happen after that.

Video Proof:

Top 25 Players List:

No. 25: Christian Bryant (S, Ohio State)
No. 24: Ryan Groy (OL, Wisconsin)
No. 23: Isaiah Lewis (S, Michigan State)
No. 22: Carlos Hyde (RB, Ohio State)
No. 21: Denicos Allen (LB, Michigan State)
No. 20: Jacob Pedersen (TE, Wisconsin)
No. 19: Zac Epping (C, Minnesota)
No. 18: Jordan Hall (RB, Ohio State)
No. 17: Cody Latimer (WR, Indiana)
No. 16: Kenny Bell (WR, Nebraska) 
No. 15: James White (RB, Wisconsin)
No. 14: Kain Colter (QB, Northwestern)
No. 13: Jared Abbrederis (WR, Wisconsin)
No. 12: Venric Mark (RB, Northwestern)

For more of the best Big Ten coverage around, follow us on Twitter @TheB1GTime and Like us on Facebook.

WebRep   currentVote     noRating noWeight                      
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Mark Cuban: Brady suspension should be more severe

Darrelle Revis thinks AFC East will be NFL’s toughest division

David Price traded to Blue Jays

Joey Bosa among four OSU players suspended for opener

NFLPA: NFL didn't respond to Tom Brady settlement offer


Tom Coughlin calls Jason Pierre-Paul situation a ‘fiasco’

Cole Hamels chose Rangers over Astros

Tom Brady lawsuit transferred from Minnesota to Manhattan

LeGarrette Blount failed conditioning test

Trent Richardson 'reclamation project not going so well'

Geno Smith laughed at being ranked last in QB poll

Braves dump risk, exchange it for risk

Cole Hamels deal: What is the true price of rebuilding?

William ‘Refrigerator’ Perry auctioning off Super Bowl ring

Affairs of the Hart (Trophy)

The indefensible Hulk Hogan

Terry Collins writes letter to widow of longtime Mets fan

Jets fans fly "Cheaters Look Up" banner over Patriots practice

Dodgers upgrade rotation in unexpected, intelligent way

For some NFL players, life begins at undrafted

NBA's Africa game: A tribute to Hakeem Olajuwon

Top storyline for each NFL team heading into training camp

Texas QB commit has great anti-Oklahoma T-shirt

College Football News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Braves dump risk, exchange it for risk

David Price traded to Blue Jays

The indefensible Hulk Hogan

Cole Hamels chose Rangers over Astros

Can Preller fix the mess in San Diego?

Next summer's top 10 NBA free agents

Who is the NL's new top shortstop?

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians calls Jen Welter a 'trailblazer'

Mets still act like a small-market team

Tom Brady: I did nothing wrong

NFL upholds Tom Brady's suspension, legal battle likely

Cardinals hire first female NFL coach

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker