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Minnesota true freshman RB Jeff Jones didn't score high enough on an ACT exam June 14 to qualify for a scholarship.

He needed to a moderate score improvement to qualify. The Minneapolis Washburn star is ranked by Rivals as the No. 7 RB in the nation. The Gophers, now awaiting word from the NCAA clearinghouse, are hoping for a favorable ruling. If they don't get it, Jones could go to Iowa Western Community College for two years, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, or he could enroll at Minnesota as a regular student in the fall as a non-athlete. In that scenario, he wouldn't practice but could be able to qualify in 2015 if his GPA is at least a 2.0. Jones wouldn't have supplanted seniors David Cobb (1,202 yards last year) and Donnell Kirkwood (926 yards), junior Rodrick Williams and redshirt freshman Berkley Edwards in 2014 anyway.
Jul 1 - 8:20 PM

Minnesota senior OG Caleb Bak (concussion) won't play this coming season, likely ending his football career.

Bak announced he "won’t be returning for my final year of football" on his personal Twitter page. Bak missed the final three games last season due to the concussion. He attempted to return during spring practice, but symptoms returned. "[B]ig thanks to everyone that has supported me over the last 4 years," Bak wrote in a tweet. The former walk-on started 20 career games.
May 28 - 9:12 PM

Minnesota true freshman RB Jeff Jones must improve his ACT score on June 14 to become academically eligible for the Gophers in 2014.

Jones improved his ACT score April 12, according to Washburn coach Giovan Jenkins, but he must do so again. If he can't improve his score enough, Jones might be forced to play at a junior college next year. Ranked by Rivals as the No. 7 RB in the nation, Jones hopes to follow in the footsteps of Ra’Shede Hageman, another Washburn alum who struggled early on with academics before graduating and going in Round 2 earlier this month.
May 21 - 5:35 PM

Minnesota coach Jerry Kill plans to coach from the sideline this season after doing so from the press box at the end of last season.

"I’ll be on the sideline [this fall]," Kill said. "That’s who I am, and I think that’s best for our team. However, if we need to adjust something, [the coaches have] all been together a long time." Kill took a two-week leave to treat his epilepsy after missing the Oct. 5 game at Michigan because of a seizure. He spent the last seven games of the season coaching from the press box. "I’m feeling pretty good," he said. "I’ve lost a few pounds. I’ve been walking. [Associate athletic director Dan] O’Brien and a lot of people are trying to keep me in line. But the No. 1 person is me."
May 21 - 5:15 PM

Bears selected Minnesota FS Brock Vereen with the No. 131 overall pick.

Vereen (5-foot-11 3/8, 199) made 36 starts for the Gophers, 18 at safety and 18 at corner. Big Ten coaches voted him first-team all-conference as a senior. Shane's little brother, Vereen finished his career with 7.5 tackles for loss, four interceptions, and 22 pass breakups. Vereen is slightly size deficient, but offers 4.47 speed and his versatility is a huge plus. He projects as an early-career special teamer with developmental upside at free safety and/or slot cornerback. Considering Chicago's safety need, we suspect he'll open training camp at that position with flexibility to cover slot receivers
May 10 - 2:31 PM

Falcons No. 37 overall pick DL Ra'Shede Hageman admitted that his "pad level sucks" and he "sometimes takes plays off."

Hageman (6-foot-6, 310) is a boom-or-bust prospect who must give more consistent effort and clean up shoddy technique. Fortunately, he's aware of the problem and is accountable enough to admit it. "I've known since Day One, playing D-tackle, my pad level sucks. My hip mobility, my ankle mobility ... sometimes I take plays off," he said. "But those aren't permanent things. I can change. I can learn and educate myself. If you master your craft, all that, you can take care of that. ... I know the potential I have, and I see that. And that's why it's so fun to learn the game because it's something you love to do. Scouts? That's their job."
Source: NFL.com
May 10 - 12:18 AM

Falcons selected Minnesota DL Ra'Shede Hageman with the No. 37 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Hageman (6-foot-6, 310) was a first-team All-Big Ten selection as a senior, finishing his career with 24 tackles for loss including 13 in 2013, with two sacks, nine batted passes, and two blocked kicks. A converted tight end and freaky athlete for his size, Hageman ran 5.02 with a 35 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-6 broad jump at the Combine, to go with 32 bench reps. Hageman flashed dominant ability for the Gophers, but his college tape is maddeningly inconsistent. He'll be a 24-year-old rookie and profiles as a boom-or-bust prospect due to snap-to-snap effort concerns. The Falcons run multiple fronts, so Hageman could play some one technique or even kick out as a five technique.
May 9 - 7:36 PM

One NFL GM told The MMQB's Peter King that Broncos HC John Fox "loves" Minnesota DT Ra'Shede Hageman.

The Broncos received solid play from Terrance Knighton, but tended to rotate Malik Jackson in during sub-package situations. Jackson responded with stellar play. The Broncos draft Sly Williams in the first-round last year, so a heavy rotation will be used if Hageman is the pick. We doubt he will still be on the board.
Source: The MMQB
May 6 - 9:52 AM

Minnesota DT Ra'Shede Hageman jumped from the No. 4 DT to No. 2 in NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock's newest rankings.

Hageman now trails only Pittsburgh's Aaron Donald, the consensus top tackle in the class. He jumped ahead of Florida State's Timmy Jernigan and Notre Dame's Louis Nix in this newest installment. It's not hard to see why Mayock is drawn to the Golden Gophers' star. First off, he is more physically gifted -- though obviously less productive -- than Donald, and arguably the most talented DL in the class outside of Jadeveon Clowney. Hageman's other calling card is his versatility, as the 6-foot-6, 318-pounder could easily be a 3-4 defensive end or a 4-3 defensive tackle in the pros. His consistency and motor both need work, however.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 28 - 6:53 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah said on a teleconference Thursday that if the Chiefs don't take a WR at No. 23 overall, Minnesota DT Ra'Shede Hageman would be a good fit.

In addition to Hageman (6-foot-6, 310 pounds), Jeremiah pointed to Notre Dame DE Stephon Tuitt (6-foot-6, 304 pounds) as a potential target for Kansas City. The analyst said both can rush the passer "but also can be a 5-technique and hold the point of attack." Hageman and Tuitt are interesting players to compare, as both are supremely athletic and disappointing on tape. Hageman played DT in a 4-3 for Minnesota, but could be a 3-4 end, while Tuitt was a 3-4 DE at Notre Dame but could play DT in a 4-3. ESPN's Todd McShay also sees a fit between the Chiefs and Hageman, though he doesn't believe Kansas City will tab a DL in the opening stanza.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 19 - 9:03 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay believes Minnesota's Ra'Shede Hageman is a fit either as a 3-4 DE in a one-gap scheme, or a 3-technique 4-3 DT in an under scheme.

The analyst sees a fit with the Chiefs at No. 23, though he doesn't believe Kansas City will invest its first-rounder in a DL. "The Niners and Seahawks would make sense at the end of the first round -- in Seattle's hybrid 3-4/4-3 defense, Red Bryant's position was essentially that of a 5-technique, and he is now in Jacksonville -- and the Patriots could be a fit if they view him as a 3-technique defensive tackle," McShay wrote. The analyst believes that Hageman "has an elite skill set with outstanding agility for his size and could develop into a very disruptive player in the NFL."
Apr 19 - 7:16 PM

Minnesota DT Ra'Shede Hageman is visiting the Steelers on Thursday.

Hageman's projection is an interesting one. Many teams could see a fit next to, or over, the center in a one-technique role, since this is what he played last season. Others could see Hageman has a five-technique outside of the tackle because he offers an outstanding blend of athleticism and size. Expect him to be the second defensive tackle selected after Aaron Donald.
Apr 17 - 11:23 AM

Minnesota DL Ra'Shede Hageman was called "lazy" but in possession of "all kinds of ability" by NFL evaluators in a NJ.com story.

"When he wants to play, he can," an NFC personnel man said. "You watch him for a couple of plays, and you see things. Then, you don’t see him again." An AFC exec summed up the scouting reports we've been reading for months, calling the Golden Gophers' star "big and talented" but "lazy." NFL Films' Greg Cosell believes Hageman will "polarize" war rooms in May, and the quoted NFC scout agrees: "There’s all kinds of ability. But he turns it on and turns it off. There’s an upside there, though." Outside of Jadeveon Clowney, Hageman is as athletically gifted as any defensive line prospect. At 6-foot-6, 311-pounds, he runs a sub 5-second forty and is arguably versatile enough to play any DL position in any scheme.
Source: NJ.com
Apr 13 - 10:25 PM

The Patriots will "look at interior OL, interior DL and maybe a move TE who can provide versatility and depth," reports NFL.com's Albert Breer.

The reporter also previously reported that New England will draft a quarterback. Minnesota DL Ra'Shede Hageman has been slotted to the Patriots at No. 29 in a few mock drafts, including Pat Kirwan's most recent. NFL Films' Greg Cosell said earlier this week that Hageman will "polarize" war rooms due to his size and athleticism, and we obviously don't know how the Pats perceive him.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 12 - 5:01 PM

Minnesota DL Ra'Shede Hageman will "polarize" war rooms due to his size and athleticism, says NFL Films' Greg Cosell.

"He's the most physically gifted DT in the class," Cosell said. "He's 6-6, he's about 315, he's very, very athletic, almost silly athletic for that size. There's a guy you would look at under normal circumstances and say, 'That's a top 10 pick." The problem, of course, is consistency. Cosell mentions the "splash" plays that jump off Hageman's tape, but the Golden Gopher stud also disappears for entire series' at a time. This is a boom-or-bust prospect.
Apr 10 - 9:06 PM


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