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Brock Vereen named All-Big Ten

Former Valencia graduate recognized by coaches, will play in East West Shrine Game as well

Posted: December 18, 2013 10:31 p.m.
Updated: December 18, 2013 10:31 p.m.

Minnesota defensive back and Valencia High graduate Brock Vereen, left, covers Nebraska wide receiver Quincy Enuwa during a game on Oct. 26.

 

Former Valencia Vikings standout Brock Vereen saved his best season for last as a Minnesota Golden Gopher, and Big Ten coaches took notice.

The 6-foot, 202-pound defensive back was voted by coaches on Dec. 9 as an All-Big Ten first-team selection, and given honorable mention by the media.

In addition to the all-conference honors, the senior will participate in the year-end East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 18.

The Golden Gophers took a big step forward in 2013, transforming from a Big Ten walkover into an 8-4 bowl eligible team under third-year head coach Jerry Kill.

Before 2013, Minnesota was just 12-25 since Vereen joined the team.

Vereen played a big role in that turnaround.

The former high school star totaled 56 total tackles, forced a fumble, and intercepted a pass this year as a member of Minnesota’s secondary.

Joining Vereen as the only other Golden Gopher to make the coaches’ first team was senior defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman.

Next up for the Golden Gophers is a showdown with Syracuse on Dec. 27 in the Texas Bowl. The game begins at 3 p.m. and will be televised nationally on ESPN.

Minnesota made a bowl game last year, but lost 34-31 to Texas Tech.

Following his final game with his team. Vereen will have a chance to showcase his individual talents in the Shrine Game, which has served as college football’s postseason all-star game since 1925.

The all-star showcase is a useful tool for players looking to pursuit NFL careers, as numerous professional scouts frequent the game as well as the practices leading up to it.

This year, the East team will be coached by Jerry Glanville, former Atlanta Falcons and Houston Oilers head coach and the West team will be guided by former Kansas City Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel.

According to the game’s official website, notable participants have included Tom Brady, Brett Favre and John Elway.

Brock’s 2013 accolades are yet another testament to the Vereen family’s athletic success.

His brother, Shane, is a running back for the New England Patriots.

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