Former Penn State standouts on rosters of 18 NFL teams
Teammates From 2012 Season Participate In Carolina, Minnesota and New England Rookie Camps
Hill, Hodges, Mauti and Stankiewitch Invited to Feb. 20-26 event
Massaro Joins Stanley and Zordich at Jan. 19 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl
Seven Nittany Lions Invited to All-Star Games; East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 19
AP Photos: Football vs. Wisconsin
AP Photos: Football vs. Ohio State
Football vs. Ohio State (Oct. 27, 2012)
AP Photos: Football vs. Iowa
Penn State Football vs. Northwestern
On the heels of a breakthrough campaign, Gerald Hodges is focused on playing an instrumental role in helping keep the Penn State defense among the nation's premier units. The "Linebacker U." standout burst onto the collegiate football scene and earned 2011 first-team All-Big Ten honors from the coaches and ESPN.com. The athletic, hard-hitting, and highly competitive Hodges garnered 2012 preseason first-team All-America honors from Lindy's, second-team by Phil Steele's College Football Preview and third-team accolades from Athlon. He should be a strong candidate for the Butkus Award and additional national post-season honors. Hodges was instrumental in the Nittany Lions 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. The swift, intense and instinctive Hodges makes sure he is in the right place at the right time, leading the team with 106 tackles (60 solo) and ranking in the top 15 in the Big Ten in hits (eighth) and sacks (14th tie with 4.5). The hard-working, tough and physical Hodges also recorded 10.0 tackles for loss, forced two fumbles, broke up four passes and made one critical interception and lengthy return. The former Paulsboro High School All-South Jersey standout was selected Big Ten Defensive Player-of-the-Week in consecutive weeks in late October, becoming the first Nittany Lion to gain back-to-back conference accolades since Navorro Bowman in 2009. Hodges earned his second straight honor after recording a career-high 19 tackles, with an eight-yard sack and a fumble recovery, in the dramatic battle against Illinois. He logged 832 plays during his junior season, the highest total among defensive returnees and No. 2 overall to center Matt Stankiewitch. A January 2009 enrollee in the University, Hodges began his career at safety but was shifted to linebacker early in his true freshman season. Hodges is on schedule to graduate in May. The Touchdown Club of Southern Jersey's 2011 Division I College Player-of-the-Year, he is among seven Nittany Lion returnees from New Jersey.
It was a breakthrough campaign for Hodges, who earned first-team All-Big Ten honors from the coaches and ESPN.com and second-team accolades by the media. He also was named a Pro Football Weekly honorable-mention All-American and the Touchdown Club of Southern Jersey's Division I College Player-of-the-Year. Hodges led the team with 106 tackles (60 solo) and ranked in the top 15 in the Big Ten in hits (eighth) and sacks (14th tie with 4.5). He also recorded 10.0 tackles for loss, forced two fumbles, broke up four passes and made one critical interception and lengthy return. Hodges became the 22nd Nittany Lion to post at least 100 tackles in a season. Starting every game, he recorded a then-career-high 11 tackles against No. 2 Alabama. He also tallied 11 hits (seven solo) in the Big Ten opener at Indiana, including one for a loss. Hodges made five stops against Iowa, including a sack, helping hold the Hawkeyes to three points. He recorded eight stops in the Leaders Division matchup against Purdue, forced a fumble and had three tackles for loss. Hodges rewrote his tackle high with a superb 14-tackle effort (eight solo) in the road matchup at Northwestern, including 1.5 sacks, to gain his first career Big Ten weekly honor. He grabbed his first career interception and returned it 63 yards before being halted deep inside Wildcat territory to set up a third-quarter touchdown. Hodges was all over the field making plays against Illinois, delivering a career-high 19 tackles, while adding an eight-yard sack and a fumble recovery. Hodges made nine tackles against Nebraska, four hits in the division battle at Ohio State and seven at Wisconsin. He made nine stops and had one pass breakup against Houston in the TicketCity Bowl. Hodges logged 832 plays during his junior season, the seventh-highest total on the team, including highs of 81 snaps at Northwestern and 79 in the win over Illinois.
2010 Sophomore Season
2009 Freshman Season