Ra'Shede Hageman named to 2013 Chuck Bednarik Award watch list

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In a month or so, we'll be flooded with football stories.

Stop what you're doing, sit back on your comfy office chair or new-age medicine ball and ponder just how close we are to the gridiron, and getting to see plays like this from the maroon and gold again.

We're way too early for negativity like that, instead lets focus on the big positive the program got today when senior defensive lineman Ra'Shede Hageman was named to the 2013 Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List.

The annual award is given to the top defensive player in the country, and Hageman is one of 75 on the preseason watch list.

Hageman's junior year put him on the national map, as he recorded 35 tackles and six sacks. He is one of 11 players on the list from the Big Ten and one of only 14 defensive tackles nationally to make the cut.

Here's how he got here:

The Gophers open the season in primetime against UNLV at TCF Bank Stadium August 29.

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