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2015 NFL DRAFT

Gerald Hodges, OLB

School: Penn State  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Paulsboro, NJ
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 243 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
134144-5
Latest News
03/12/2013 - 2013 Penn State Pro Day: Gerald Hodges, 6-1, 243-pounds, surprisingly elected not to attempt an improvement on a less than ideal time of 4.78 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He did, however, demonstrate very good agility in the short-shuttle drill (4.25 seconds) and a solid 35.5" vertical jump after not testing in these drills in Indianapolis. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/15/2013 - EAST WEST SHRINE GAME - MONDAY PRACTICE: In my Shrine Game defensive preview, I predicted Penn State outside linebacker Gerald Hodges might be the highest drafted player from this week. After one practice, I'm standing by that. Without full pads, almost all the drills were limited contact, but that didn't stop Hodges from seeking out the ballcarrier and tackling him with pop. Since he was snubbed from the Senior Bowl, some thought he might not take this week as seriously, but so far, that couldn't be further from the truth. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/11/2013 - A pair of Penn State's All-Big Ten honorees - linebacker Gerald Hodges (Paulsboro, N.J.) and center Matt Stankiewitch (Orwigsburg) have accepted invitations to play in the 88th East-West Shrine Game. The contest is Saturday, Jan. 19 at 4:00 p.m. in St. Petersburg, Fla. NFL Network will televise.

A starter in all 25 games the past two years, Hodges was No. 4 in the Big Ten with 109 tackles. A semifinalist for the 2012 Butkus Award and a two-time All-Big Ten honoree, he led the team with seven pass breakups and was tied for second on the squad with two interceptions. He also ranked third with 8.5 tackles for loss, while adding one forced fumble and one sack.

Hodges was an instrumental part of a Nittany Lion defense that ranked second in the Big Ten and No. 16 nationally in scoring defense at 19.1 ppg. The Nittany Lions also led the Big Ten and were tied for No. 4 in NCAA Red Zone defense (.64) and ranked No. 23 nationally in rushing defense (128.4 ypg). Hodges was selected the New Jersey Division I College Player of the Year by the Touchdown Club of Southern New Jersey and the Brooks-Irvine Memorial Football Club of South Jersey. - Penn State football

12/04/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM (MEDIA): LB Gerald Hodges, Penn State, has been selected Second Team All-Big Ten (Media selection) for the 2012 college football season. Hodges led Penn State in tackles for the second consecutive year, making 109 stops, to become just the sixth Nittany Lion with multiple 100-tackle seasons. Also a semifinalist for the Butkus Award, Hodges was fifth in the Big Ten in tackles, tied for third on the team with 8.5 TFL, had one sack, two interceptions, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and a team-high seven pass break-ups. - Penn State football

12/04/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM (COACHES): LB Gerald Hodges, Penn State, has been selected Second Team All-Big Ten (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. Hodges led Penn State in tackles for the second consecutive year, making 109 stops, to become just the sixth Nittany Lion with multiple 100-tackle seasons. Also a semifinalist for the Butkus Award, Hodges was fifth in the Big Ten in tackles, tied for third on the team with 8.5 TFL, had one sack, two interceptions, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and a team-high seven pass break-ups. - Penn State football

10/08/2012 - WEEK 6 BIG TEN DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Gerald Hodges, Penn State, Sr., LB, Paulsboro, N.J./Paulsboro...Finished with 11 tackles, including 1.5 for loss, in Penn State's victory over Northwestern on Saturday...Part of a Penn State defense that held Northwestern to season lows in total yards (247), first downs (14) and rushing yards (112)...Recorded two pass breakups and a forced fumble, which came with less than one minute left in the contest to seal the Nittany Lion victory...Wins the third Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week award of his career. - Big Ten football

09/05/2012 - STILL NEEDS WORK: Penn State got very little out of its return game; linebacker Gerald Hodges, who dropped back to return both punts and kickoffs, looked out-of-sorts and muffed a punt. The running game struggled to spring any big plays and the passing game bogged down in the second half. Penn State's defense, particularly its line, wore down in the heat in the second half and had problems tackling and getting pressure on Ohio's quarterback. - The Sports Xchange

09/05/2012 - LB Gerald Hodges returned both punts and kickoffs in the season-opener against Ohio, muffing a punt, but coach Bill O'Brien said the coaches might have "put too much on his plate" and hinted at putting other players back to return kicks against Virginia. - The Sports Xchange

08/15/2012 - Gerald Hodges insists that he "didn't pay any mind" to the players who were considering whether to transfer from Penn State after the NCAA levied severe sanctions against the Nittany Lions' football program. But once they decided to leave, 10 in all, they had Hodges' full attention, and his wrath. "There definitely was anger," said Hodges, a senior linebacker from Paulsboro. "There was a lot of anger, actually. But it happened. You've got to play the hand you're dealt. If those guys don't want to be part of the program anymore, that's fine. We have other guys. This is a team with 105 guys, so we'll find someone to fill in." It has been a difficult offseason in the shadow of Mount Nittany. He doesn't know how many tried to contact him or his high school coaches, but he "just kind of ignored them ...[transferring] never even crossed my mind." Now, by remaining with Bill O'Brien's first Penn State team, Hodges is part of solid senior leadership that hopes to carry the Nittany Lions forward. "When you have a senior, and a senior leader at that, and he just leaves, then what does that tell the other guys?" he said. "They're thinking, 'If he can leave, why can't we just get up and go?' So it just shows you character as a senior, not just me but guys like [Michael] Mauti and Pete [Massaro] and other guys that just stuck it out. "No matter what happens, we're going to stay, regardless. That just shows our character and the respect that we have for the school and for each other." - Joe Juliano, The Philadelphia Inquirer

08/10/2012 - Top-five Penn State prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 1. OLB Gerald Hodges...It's only fitting that the top senior prospect at "Linebacker U" is linebacker Gerald Hodges (pictured above), one of the top defenders in the Big Ten. He didn't become a full-time starter until last season, but led the Nittany Lions in tackles as a junior. Hodges was one of the top linebacker recruits as a prep player in New Jersey, originally choosing Rutgers before switching his commitment to Penn State. After spending his freshman season on the bench, he saw more playing time as a sophomore, but battled a leg injury, earning just one start and finishing with 31 tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss. Hodges earned First Team All-Big Ten honors in 2011 as a junior with a team-best 106 stops, adding 10.0 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and one interception. A former safety, he has near-ideal physical traits for the position with a good blend of size, strength and athleticism, flashing above average foot speed and quickness for his frame. Hodges is an aggressive downhill player, doing a nice job avoiding blocks as a blitzer and blowing up the pocket (finished second on the team last season in tackles for loss). He is an explosive chase-and-strike player with the aggressive play style and motor to be a heat-seeking missile on the football field. With only one season of starting production on his r??sum??, Hodges is still growing as a linebacker and developing between the ears, but his athleticism and active mentality could land him in the top-60 picks next April. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

08/06/2012 - Penn State could finally have some roster stability with the Nittany Lions opening preseason practice. Coach Bill O'Brien said he was ''very confident'' the players who showed up for practice early Monday morning are committed for the season. The team held its first formal workouts since the NCAA leveled strict sanctions against the program, including a four-year bowl ban, for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. Players who had nothing to do with the scandal were caught in the middle. Nine Nittany Lions have taken advantage of an opportunity from the NCAA allowing immediate transfers to play for other schools, most notably 1,200-yard rusher Silas Redd. ''I respect those guys. They made individual decisions,'' O'Brien said about the transfers. ''But I think we've got to start focusing, like I said all along, on the kids that are here. ... I think we're really good where we started today. We've just got to keep getting better every day.'' O'Brien has managed to hang on to the majority of his core players, especially on defense. As of the first practice, the roster stood at 109 players including walk-ons, or 92 percent of the roster as of July 23, when sanctions were announced. ''I'm very confident that the guys out here today are committed,'' O'Brien said. ''Again, it's day to day, but I'm confident in these guys. ... They got up at 5:15 a.m. to practice.'' - AP Sports

08/01/2012 - Penn State All-Big Ten linebacker Gerald Hodges has a message for teammates considering transferring out of the program. Good riddance. "If you're considering transferring, then obviously this isn't the place for you," Hodges said following a team workout Tuesday morning. "Obviously you don't want to be here that bad. It just shows you the character of people. ... Not to talk down on anyone, but it just is what it is." A crowd estimated between 3,000 and 4,000 showed up to cheer on the Nittany Lions as they headed into their workout Tuesday. The grassroots event "Rise & Rally" was meant to show players that PSU fans are still behind them, even after strong NCAA sanctions were leveled against the program last week. The sanctions include a four-year postseason ban, scholarship reductions, a fine and the ability of any player within the program to transfer to another FBS school immediately without having to sit out a year to be eligible. The highest-profile Penn State player exploring the option is tailback Silas Redd, who visited USC over the weekend. He is the only projected starter openly checking out another school. Redd was conspicuous by his absence at Tuesday's workout. Quarterback Matt McGloin said the outpouring of support from the fans -- many of whom arrived before 6 a.m. -- was a head-turner for players who did participate in the workout. "The guys who are deciding to leave or don't know what they're doing, if this wasn't enough for them to stay, then I don't know what will be," he said. Added Hodges: "We're all one family, and that's what family does - family stays together through the hard times and through the good times." - Mark Brennan, FightOnState.com

07/26/2012 - Penn State coach Bill O'Brien says he doesn't know who is recruiting his Nittany Lions and he doesn't care. O'Brien said Thursday at Big Ten media day that he expects to keep his team intact, despite sanctions handed down this week by the NCAA that will keep Penn State out of bowl games for four years and allows players to transfer immediately. The punishment stems from the university's handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. O'Brien says he doesn't expect to ''losing any core, key players.'' - AP Sports

07/20/2012 - The days of Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti beating a sledge hammer against a truck tire, as sweat dripped down his face and arms, are nearly over. The Nittany Lions senior used that exercise as one of many he performed during his rehabilitation from a torn anterior cruciate ligament he sustained last September. This time around, Mauti is ready to go. And he needs to be. Mauti and fellow senior linebacker Gerald Hodges, both on the Butkus Award watch list, figure to be forces on a defense that has some work ahead of it. Indeed, in this season of change - a new coaching staff, a new outlook, a new era at Beaver Stadium - the Nittany Lions will need absolutely all they can get from their seasoned leaders. ''All we can focus on is what we're focusing on, and that's coming to work every day, ignoring everything that's going on outside,'' Mauti said. ''Whether it's good or bad.'' And it's Mauti and Hodges who will have to be mentors, on and off the field, especially considering they will flank a middle linebacker who has yet to be named. Juniors Glenn Carson and Khairi Fortt are challenging for that final starting spot. ''We have so many great players,'' Hodges said. ''We have six or seven linebackers that I feel like can play at any Division I school...They work so hard, they give it all they got and it motivates me.'' Knowing who he'd have playing around him was a big reason why Hodges opted to stay for his senior season. After requesting an evaluation from the NFL, the results were held onto by his father and remain unknown to the linebacker. Hodges' 106 tackles and 4.5 sacks last season were a bright spot for a defense that had to hold up more than its share of the bargain as a sputtering offense ranked 95th in the nation en route to a 9-4 season. - AP Sports

07/19/2012 - 2012 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Gerald Hodges, LB, Penn State, has been selected to the Preseason Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented the nation's top college lineman or linebacker each year by The Rotary Club of Houston. A pre-season All-American, Hodges earned first team All-Big Ten honors from the coaches and ESPN.com in 2011. He was instrumental in Penn State having the nation's No. 5 scoring defense in 2011 and became the 22nd Nittany Lion to post at least 100 tackles in a season. Hodges led the team with 106 tackles (60 solo), ranking in the top 15 in the Big Ten in hits (eighth) and sacks (tied-14th with 4.5). Hodges also recorded 10.0 tackles for loss, forced two fumbles, broke-up four passes and made one critical interception and 63-yard return to set-up a touchdown in the win at Northwestern. - Penn State football

07/18/2012 - 2012 BUTKUS AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Gerald Hodges, Penn State, has been selected to the Preseason Butkus Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented to the top linebacker in college football by the Butkus Foundation. A pre-season All-American, Hodges earned first team All-Big Ten honors from the coaches and ESPN.com in 2011. He was instrumental in Penn State having the nation's No. 5 scoring defense in 2011 and became the 22nd Nittany Lion to post at least 100 tackles in a season. Hodges led the team with 106 tackles (60 solo), ranking in the top 15 in the Big Ten in hits (eighth) and sacks (tied-14th with 4.5). Hodges also recorded 10.0 tackles for loss, forced two fumbles, broke-up four passes and made one critical interception and 63-yard return to set-up a touchdown in the win at Northwestern. - Penn State football

07/18/2012 - 2012 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Gerald Hodges, LB, Penn State, has been selected to the Preseason Bronko Nagurski Trophy Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is presented to the National Defensive Player of the Year by the Charlotte Touchdown Club and the Football Writers Association of America. A pre-season All-American, Hodges earned first team All-Big Ten honors from the coaches and ESPN.com in 2011. He was instrumental in Penn State having the nation's No. 5 scoring defense in 2011 and became the 22nd Nittany Lion to post at least 100 tackles in a season. Hodges led the team with 106 tackles (60 solo), ranking in the top 15 in the Big Ten in hits (eighth) and sacks (tied-14th with 4.5). Hodges also recorded 10.0 tackles for loss, forced two fumbles, broke-up four passes and made one critical interception and 63-yard return to set-up a touchdown in the win at Northwestern. - Penn State football

07/10/2012 - 2012 BEDNARIK AWARD PRESEASON WATCHLIST: Gerald Hodges, Penn State, LB, Sr., has been selected to the preseason Bednarik Award watchlist for the 2012 college football season. The Bednarik Award has been presented to the nation's top defensive player since 1995. A former standout at Penn and with the Philadelphia Eagles, Chuck Bednarik is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame's Class of 1969 and the NFL Hall of Fame's Class of 1967. A rising senior and pre-season All-American, Hodges earned first team All-Big Ten honors from the coaches and ESPN.com in 2011. A probable candidate for the Butkus Award and other post-season accolades, Hodges was instrumental in Penn State having the nation's No. 5 scoring defense in 2011 and became the 22nd Nittany Lion to post at least 100 tackles in a season. He led the team with 106 tackles (60 solo), ranking in the top 15 in the Big Ten in hits (eighth) and sacks (tied-14th with 4.5). Hodges also recorded 10.0 tackles for loss, forced two fumbles, broke-up four passes and made one critical interception and 63-yard return to set-up a touchdown in the win at Northwestern. - Penn State football

05/07/2012 - 2012 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Gerald Hodges, Penn State, LB, 6-2, 234 (Paulsboro, NJ): Was All-Big Ten selection last season when he led team in tackles with 106...Added 10 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. - Lott IMPACT Trophy

 
Latest News
03/12/2013 - 2013 Penn State Pro Day: Gerald Hodges, 6-1, 243-pounds, surprisingly elected not to attempt an improvement on a less than ideal time of 4.78 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He did, however, demonstrate very good agility in the short-shuttle drill (4.25 seconds) and a solid 35.5" vertical jump after not testing in these drills in Indianapolis. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

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