Minnesota finished their regular season 8-4 overall and 4-4 in the Big Ten. They will be going to their second consecutive bowl game and will find out in the near future. With such a promising season, the Gophers had many guys step up and the Big Ten announced yesterday the 2013 All-Big Ten Teams with 9 Golden Gophers being honored from the league.
The highly touted and likely first round draft pick, senior defensive tackle Ra'shede Hageman was named first team All-Big Ten by both the coaches and media. The mammoth 6-6, 310-pound defensive lineman recorded 34 tackles, a team high 11 tackles for loss, two sacks, one interception, one fumble recovery, 8 pass break-ups, one block field goal and extra point in his senior campaign. This season many teams doubled teamed him and still he was able to make an impact on the defense.
Senior defensive back Brock Vereen was voted a first team All-Big Ten player by the coached while receiving honorable mention accolades from the media. This is the first team the Gophers have had two defensive players named to the first team since 2000. Vereen also had an impressive season in the back end of the season by having 56 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, one interception, six pass break ups and a forced fumble. He made the transition this year from playing safety early in the season while switching over to cornerback due to the losses at the cornerback position.
Another Gopher got high honors in redshirt sophomore defensive end Theiren Cockran by being named second team All-Big Ten by the media. Along side first team defensive tackle Hageman, Cockran had a great season by having 29 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one pass break up.
The other Gophers to earn honors were cornerback Eric Murray, punter Peter Mortell and offensive lineman Caleb Bak, who all honorable mention from the media and the coaches. Minnesota captain and starting linebacker Aaron Hill was Minnesota's Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Honoree, who was also received honorable mention by the coaches along with Zac Epping and Josh Campion getting honorable mention from the media.