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Gerald Hodges | Linebacker

Team: Penn State Nittany Lions
Age / DOB:  (27) / 1/17/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 234

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Vikings selected Penn State OLB Gerald Hodges with the No. 120 overall pick.
Hodges (6-foot-1, 243) played outside 'backer in the Nittany Lions' 4-3 and registered 109 tackles -- 8.5 for loss -- seven pass breakups, two interceptions, and one forced fumble as a senior. He ran 4.78 at the Combine with a 1.67 ten-yard split and did 22 bench-press reps. Hodges can play both WILL and SAM and is a sure enough tackler to develop into a passable NFL starter. He was among the team leaders that impressively guided Penn State through the Jerry Sandusky scandal fallout. Sat, Apr 27, 2013 01:17:00 PM

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Penn State LB Gerald Hodges is visiting the Saints and 49ers this week.

Hodges projects best to the weakside and was a solid player throughout his career at Penn State. he attended the East-West Shrine game and should be a selection during the draft's third day.
Tue, Apr 16, 2013 01:50:00 PM

The St. Louis-Dispatch's Jim Thomas reports the Rams will host Penn State LB Gerald Hodges and Kansas State LB Arthur Brown on April 9.

The team is wise to look at both prospects, as they offer a lot of talent to add to the linebacker positions. Hodges is a versatile outside linebacker that can cover and tackles well. As for Brown, he's been discussed plenty here, as he's one of the better linebacker prospects because of his complete play. He can cover with range and come downhill despite being shorter than one would like.
Tue, Apr 9, 2013 01:07:00 PM

Draft insider Tony Pauline posted a tweet saying you "have to think" that Penn State LB Gerald Hodges is a third-round pick.

Hodges "improved his vertical jump to 35-inches and looked great in drills at pro-day," according to Pauline. Hodges certainly didn't hurt himself at the East-West Shrine game and likely projects as a weakside linebacker behind a four man front.
Tue, Mar 12, 2013 11:39:00 AM

Penn State senior LB Gerald Hodges will attend the East-West Shrine Game.

We are a bit surprised to see Hodges at the Shrine Game rather than the Senior Bowl, but he could end up attending both. The senior linebacker is a solid athlete with closing speed to make tackles at the line of scrimmage, but he was out performed by oft-injured Michael Mauti for a large portion of the season. Still, Hodges could perform very well during the week of all star practices and likely fits as a weakside or inside linebacker on an NFL roster.
Fri, Dec 7, 2012 09:49:00 AM

According to Penn State beat writer Rich Scarcella, Ted Roof's defense allowed 11-of-12 third downs in the second half to be converted in Saturday's loss to Ohio.

Penn State finished the first half with a 14-3 lead, but ended up losing 24-14. The Nittany Lions failed to generate enough pressure on Ohio junior quarterback Tyler Tettleton, especially on third downs. The only sack and tackle for loss was credited to sophomore end Deion Barnes, so the Nittany Lion's defense will have to play further upfield if they have any shot of competing.
Mon, Sep 3, 2012 10:35:00 AM

Senior LB Gerald Hodges said Penn State "isn't the place" for teammates considering their transfer options.

"Obviously you don't want to be here that bad. It just shows you the character of people," Hodges stated at the school's Rise and Rally event. "Not to talk down on anyone, but it just is what it is." This statement was made prior to yesterday's transfers, including four players that were on scholarship during the 2011 season. Its somewhat disconcerting that Hodges, and potentially others, are upset with teammates that are even exploring their options instead of just the ones that have decided to leave. Expect to read about more Nittany Lions who are considering greener pastures elsewhere.
Wed, Aug 1, 2012 10:25:00 AM

Big Ten Network's Tom Dienhart ranks Penn State senior LB Gerald Hodges the conference's second best LB prospect.

Hodges ranks behind Wisconsin junior linebacker Chris Borland. As a 6'2/233 weak side linebacker, Hodges started his collegiate career at safety but has grown into his front seven role. The nittany lion prospect closes well from the backside while getting skinny to pass by blockers but needs to win on first contact more consistently.
Sun, Jun 24, 2012 10:35:00 PM