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Alphonso Hodge

Height: 5-11 | Weight: 203 | College: Miami (Ohio)
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Positives: Well-built athlete with thick shoulders and biceps, good bubble, knotted calves and large hands. … Has natural feet and can flip his hips, generating good explosion in attempts to run to the ball. … Uses his hands with force to press and jam the receivers at the line of scrimmage. … Shows excellent range and crispness cutting out of his breaks and has the top-end speed to immediately recover. … Times his leaps well going up for the ball and has the strength to fill the rush lanes. … Opens his hips and shows smooth feet in his backpedal. … Very effective using the trail technique in man coverage. … Quick out of his breaks and has a good feel for zone coverage, as he can cover ground quickly on the turn and run. … Good worker in the weight room who has the strength to match up well against tight ends and fullbacks blocking in the short area.

Negatives: Struggles to get by in the classroom and also does not always show quick read and diagnose skills, lacking awareness mostly on running plays. … Slow to digest the play and by the time he locates the ball, he is a step behind the play and then takes bad angles in attempts to compensate in pursuit. … Has good strength, but will not shock or jolt blockers coming up in run support, as he tends to take only passive swipes. … Seemed hesitant to stick his head in the pile until 2004. … More of a grab-down tackler who can miss in the open when he tries to arm tackle. … Lacks natural hands (zero interceptions) and has problems tracking the ball over his shoulder.

2004 Season

All-MAC second-team choice. … Started every game, but saw limited action vs. Central Florida and Bowling Green due to an ankle sprain. … Recorded 47 tackles (27 solo) with a 3-yard sack, three fumble recoveries and nine pass deflections.

2003 GAME Analysis

Northwestern: Recovered a fumble, sacked QB Brett Basanez for a 3-yard loss, deflected a pass and made three tackles.

Akron: Totaled four solo tackles with two pass break-ups and held receiver Matt Cherry to four catches for 32 yards.

Buffalo: Followed with a 5-tackle performance.

Ball State: Delivered three tackles and restricted receiver Dante Ridgeway to five catches.

Marshall: Had an assisted tackle and two pass breakups while limiting All-American receiver Darius Watts to only a 5-yard reception.

Ohio University: Posted six tackles and deflected a pass.

Louisville (GMAC Bowl): Registered three tackles.

2003 Season

Played in every game, starting the first seven contests. … Finished with 40 tackles (30 solo) and two sacks for minus-14 yards. … Also deflected seven passes.


Kent State: Collected a season-high seven tackles.

Cincinnati: Sacked QB Gino Guidugli for a 7-yard loss, deflected a pass and made two solo tackles.

Northern Illinois: Added a 7-yard sack.

Buffalo: Deflected two passes and was in on two solo tackles.

Central Florida: Closed out the season with a 5-tackle performance.

2002 Season

Appeared in seven games, recording 8 tackles (5 solo) with two pass deflections. … Started vs. Hawaii, responding with six tackles, a pass deflection and a 17-yard kickoff return.

2001 Season

Redshirted as a freshman.

Injury Report

2003: Saw limited action vs. Central Florida (10/28) and Bowling Green (12/04) due to a high ankle sprain.


Sports Organization major. … Son of Alfred and the late Renee Hodge. … Born 5/30/82. …

Resides in Bedford, Ohio.


High School

4.36 in the 40-yard dash … 345-pound bench press … 510-pound squat … 330-power clean … 35.5-inch vertical jump … 31-inch arm length … 9 -inch hands … Right-handed … 18/34 Wonderlic score.


Attended Saint Edward (Cleveland) High, playing football for coach John Gibbeons. … First-team All-League, All-District and All-State selection as a senior. … Earned

three varsity letters as a defensive back and tailback for the Eagles. … Honored as Saint Edward's 1999 team MVP.


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