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Several Gophers in competition at defensive tackle

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MINNEAPOLIS — Ra’Shede Hageman left big shoes to fill. So big, in fact, that the Gophers haven’t found a defensive tackle to fill them.

So far, defensive line coach Jeff Phelps has found that replacing the 6-foot-6, 315-pound Atlanta Falcons rookie has been a group effort among Cameron Botticelli, Harold Legania and Scott Ekpe.

“It’s been a great competition,” Phelps said.

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