We're one player away from the all important top 10 of our preseason countdown... This seems like the cruelest of all the spots to be on the list, but it's also just about the right spot for perhaps the name that will surprise the general public the most.
Every year there's that "breakout" player who comes out of nowhere and becomes a name to know and in 2012 that happened twice for the Gophers. We already hit on one of those on our list in offensive lineman Zac Epping, well, consider our No. 11 player the defensive version of Epping, only a completely different kind of athletic freak.
So, consider yourself shocked, or get ready to be educated about one of the hidden gems of the 2012 season. Hell, he was recently named the 2nd biggest "freak" in all of college football by Bruce Feldman of CBSsports.com - his secret could won't be kept too much longer.
No. 11: Ra'Shede Hageman (DT, Minnesota)