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Hagen to Participate in 2015 Medal of Honor Bowl

January 2, 2015
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Liberty's Jacob Hagen (27)

Liberty's All-America safety Jacob Hagen will have a chance to showcase his potential professional abilities next week when the graduating senior participates in the 2015 Medal of Honor Bowl.

The all-star game features the top senior football players in the country who have exhausted their collegiate athletics eligibility. The game will be played at The Citadel's Johnson Hagood Stadium in Charleston, S.C., on Jan. 10. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

Hagen was one of 99 players invited to participate in the second annual event. The safety will be a member of the American roster, which will be under the direction of former Howard, South Carolina State and Wichita State head coach Willie Jeffries.

During the week leading up to the game, Hagen and the rest of the 99 invitees will participate in a series of drills and practice sessions before numerous professional scouts.

Last year, Liberty's all-conference cornerback Walt Aikens was part of the inaugural Medal of Honor Bowl rosters. He used a standout week at the Medal of Honor Bowl to jumpstart his professional career.

Aikens was selected in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft in May by the Miami Dolphins. He played in 15 games this past season, recording 15 tackles (13 solo, two assisted) and had a 43-yard interception return against Oakland.

Hagen has received numerous postseason accolades since finishing up his football playing career at Liberty.

Hagen, an All-Big South first-team honoree the last two years, has been named to the Associated Press, FCS ADA, Sports Network and Walter Camp Foundation FCS All-America teams. He was named the FCS ADA Top Collegiate Defensive Back and finished seventh in the voting for the Buck Buchanan Award (top FCS defensive player in the country).

Hagen led the Flames in 2014 with 108 tackles, including a team-best 69 solo tackles. The senior also paced Liberty with four forced fumbles and had a 27-yard fumble return for a touchdown during Liberty's season opener at North Carolina.

The native of Orange Park, Fla., finished the year with eight interceptions, topping all FCS players in the country. One of his eight interceptions came in overtime at Appalachian State, sealing Liberty's third victory over an FBS program in program history.

Hagen finished his Liberty career with 245 tackles (158 solo, 87 assisted), the most by a Flames' defender since the 2008 season.

During his four-year playing career at Liberty, Hagen recorded 15 career interceptions, which ranks fifth in program history and second in Big South history. His eight interceptions during his senior campaign ranked fourth in single-season program history and tied the Big South's single-season record.