BIO: Three-year starter and All-Conference selection every season since his sophomore campaign. Led the Hawkeyes in tackles as a senior totaling 158/11/1. Junior numbers included 116/5/3.
POSITIVES: Instinctive, hard working linebacker who makes plays in every direction of the field. Tough in run defense and goes for the knockout blow. Diagnoses the action, stays with assignments and quickly locates the ball. Covers a good amount of area and gets depth on drops. Plays with balance, body control and is rarely off his feet.
NEGATIVES: Occasionally takes false steps on his way to the action. Under-sized and gets caught up in the trash.
ANALYSIS: A well-rounded linebacker with a complete game, Hodge is a three-down defender at the next level. Plays bigger than his listed size and has the ability to develop into a starting linebacker in the proper scheme.