U's Ra'Shede Hageman tackling switch to defense head-on

  • Article by: DENNIS BRACKIN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 27, 2011 - 12:30 AM

Ra'Shede Hageman never got to realize his promise as a Gophers tight end, but he is embracing his role on the defensive line.

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roseygopherAug. 26, 11 8:45 PM

After this commit, I emailed TB and congratulated him. I got a nice note back. This news makes me very happy to know that we might see RH play a key role I think he has NFL written all over him.

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gofar37Aug. 26, 1110:33 PM

In an orchestra not everyone can play first violin. It's good that players are willing to take secondary roles to create a deeper roster.

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dwhoytAug. 26, 1111:32 PM

Kick butt, Ra'Shede!

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dwallin443Aug. 27, 11 4:24 AM

gofar, in an orchestra everyone is a starter and they play the entire game. That is what makes music so wonderful. But, you are right, everyone in sports should not underestimate the position to help at any moment.

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superk032001Aug. 27, 11 8:09 AM

Any chance they would use him on offense in goal line situations? It would be nice to have a 6'6" option to throw to in the end zone. I'm guessing he hasn't lost his hands.

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april24Aug. 27, 11 9:39 AM

Good for him. Sounds as if he's grown up quite a bit. Luckily he still has time to have a productive career.

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tranquil17Aug. 27, 11 9:15 PM

@gofar37 Actually, the first chair violin in the orchestra does play more than the others -- in the sense that he/she is leaned on to play more parts and often more difficult parts. So the analogy is pretty good. Hageman will play some, but not all of the game.

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pede0404Aug. 27, 11 9:32 PM

This is the first time I have ever heard of a 6'6" 300lb back up defensive lineman being compared to a violinist in a orchestra.

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garagewineAug. 28, 1111:28 AM

This was one of the things that bothered me about Brewster. He believed that athletes like Hageman were interchangable and could just be plugged in anywhere on the field. Hageman had the prototypical body for a tight end (6'6 and 250) coming out of high school and could run, which is why he was widely considered one of the best tight ends in the country. It's not like the Gophers had great depth at that position, either. When Ra'Shede came in, Eric Lair was a sophomore and had yet to catch a ball. Can you imagine the Gophers running a two-tight end set with Lair and Hageman? It would have made life a lot easier for Adam Weber.

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forhawkeyesAug. 28, 11 5:33 PM

Poor guy, coulda gone to Iowa and been looking at an NFL career at TE next year! But....he swallowed the Brewoolaid!!! What a waste.....

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