No. 50 Minnesota Vikings
|Date of birth:January 17, 1991|
|Place of birth: Woodbury, New Jersey|
|High school: Paulsboro (NJ)|
|College: Penn State|
|NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 4 / Pick: 120|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
|Roster status: Active|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
Gerald Davon Hodges (born January 17, 1991) is an American football linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). Hodges played college football for Penn State University. The Minnesota Vikings selected him in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||40‡||Commit date|
|Paulsboro, New Jersey||Paulsboro High School||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)||220 lb (100 kg)||4.46||Dec 12, 2008|
|Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A|
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Hodges was recruited heavily by Penn State linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden. He committed to Penn State on December 12, 2008. He also had offers from The University of Pittsburgh, Syracuse University, Rutgers University, and The University of Iowa.
Hodges saw limited action on defense his freshman year, but was a significant contributor on special teams. He started the year as a safety, but moved to linebacker partway through the year.
Hodges was injured on the first play of the game against Alabama. He missed the next four games before coming back with a vengeance against Minnesota and Michigan, games in which he recorded two and three tackles respectively. He ended the year recording at least four tackles in each of the team's final three games.
Hodges enjoyed a breakout season in 2011 in which he led the team by recording 106 tackles. He also recorded 10 tackles for a loss, 2 forced fumbles, and 1 interception which he returned 63 yards against Northwestern. In wake of the NCAA sanctions that stemmed from the Penn State child sex abuse scandal, Hodges had the opportunity to transfer, but he ultimately chose to remain loyal to Penn State. Hodges attributed his loyalty to Penn State to his Christian faith. He said, "Every day I wake up and thank God because we could have just been forgotten about. God puts people in my life that are going to help me no matter the situation. He’s put coaches in my life that are going to help me out and further my career. Everything, it seems, is working out for the better. I know it might not seem like that ... but when you look deeper and deeper into bowl games and championships, (God) did this for a reason."
Coming into the year, Hodges was named a preseason first team All-American by Lindy's College Football Preview as well as first team All Big Ten. New coach Bill O'Brien briefly toyed with the idea of using Hodges as a kick returner during the team's first game against the Ohio Bobcats, but stopped after Hodges muffed a punt. In the third game of the year against Navy, Hodges recorded an interception to go along with five tackles. Hodges enjoyed his best game of the season on October 6 against Northwestern when he recorded 11 tackles and a forced fumble. Hodges had another excellent game on November 17 against Indiana in which he recorded 12 tackles and a diving interception. It was announced after Penn State's last game that Hodges had been named second-team All-Big Ten.
2013 NFL Combine
|Ht||Wt||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 1 in||243 lb||4.70 s||1.62 s||2.55 s||4.29 s||7.27 s||35 in||9 ft 11 in||22 reps|
|All values from NFL Combine|
Hodges was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth round, with the 120th overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft. Hodges signed a four-year, $2.515 million deal with the Vikings on May 14, 2013. Since the signing of Jasper Brinkley, Hodges and Brinkley switch jerseys.
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- Flounders, Bob. "A Huge Price To Pay: Penn State handles Indiana 45-22 but loses standout Michael Mauti to injury". PennLive.com. Penn Live, LLC. Retrieved 21 November 2012.
- Dustin Hockensmith (May 14, 2013). "Former Penn State linebacker Gerald Hodges signs four-year deal with Minnesota Vikings". www.pennlive.com/pennstatefootball. Advance Digital. Retrieved May 15, 2013.