Gophers defensive lineman Ra'Shede Hageman's preseason honors continued to grow Monday as he was named to the Chuck Bednarik Award watch list.
The Chuck Bednarik award is presented at the end of each season to the College Defensive Player of the Year. Hageman was one of 75 players placed on the watch list, including 10 others from the Big Ten.
The 6-foot-6-inch, 311-pound lineman emerged as a defensive force last season for the Gophers, recording six sacks and 35 tackles. He was No. 2 on Bruce Feldman's annual "freaks list" this spring.
The list is put out by the Maxwell Football Club. Semi-finalists for the award will be announced Oct. 29, while the winner will be named Dec. 12.