Minnesota defensive tackle Scott Ekpe may miss the rest of the season because of a significant injury to his right knee. Coach Jerry Kill declined Tuesday to give specifics, but he called the news on the junior a “major blow” to the Gophers.
The Atlanta Falcons bolstered their pass rush by picking Minnesota defensive end Ra’Shede Hageman in the second round of the NFL draft on Friday. Hageman, the fifth pick of the second round, joins a defense that ranked last in third-down efficiency, second-worst against the run and third-fewest in sacks.
Ra’shede Hageman was a star at Minneapolis’ Washburn High School in two sports: football and basketball. His story includes life in foster homes before being adopted. He’s grown into a man ready for the NFL. “I’m thankful but, you know, I’m always remaining hungry. I’m just, you know, getting a step ahead of my competition, but I’m always humble,” Hageman said.
The annual pro day workout at Minnesota rarely ranks high on an NFL team’s list. The draft prospects participating are usually long shots at best.
Here, then, was the latest sign of Ra’Shede Hageman’s rising profile: Hageman skipped the skills tests on Monday because they were no longer a necessary part of his audition, his strong impression already made at the league’s scouting combine.
The University of Minnesota announced Monday it will host a pro day workout for athletes getting ready for the NFL Draft in May. The event will be held March 3 at the Gibson-Nagurski Football Complex, where the Gophers football team practices during its season.
Ra’Shede Hageman is perhaps the premier attraction on the team as his final season for Minnesota begins, and that’s not a surprise given the acclaim he carried as a recruit four years ago.
The Gophers success with Texas Tech could depend on the defense’s ability to rush a quick rhythm passer.
Ra’Shede Hageman, 21, had a misdemeanor disorderly charge against him dropped Monday in connection with a May 10 incident at Sally’s Bar in Dinkytown.
Authorities said Ra’Shede Hageman, 21, was arrested shortly after 2 a.m. on a gross misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct after he reportedly got into a fight with someone at Sally’s Bar in Dinkytown.