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Devlin Hodges
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Hodges in 2019
No. 6 – Pittsburgh Steelers
Position:Quarterback
Personal information
Born: (1996-04-12) April 12, 1996 (age 23)
Kimberly, Alabama
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school:Kimberly (AL) Mortimer Jordan
College:Samford
Undrafted:2019
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Walter Payton Award (2018)
  • NCAA FCS career passing yards leader (14,584)
  • 3x SoCon Offensive Player of the Year (2016-18)
  • 3x First Team All-SoCon (2016-18)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 13, 2019
Passing completions:41
Passing attempts:61
Passing yards:530
TDINT:3–2
Passer rating:97.0
Player stats at NFL.com

Devlin "Duck" Hodges (born April 12, 1996) is an American football quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Samford, after playing at Mortimer Jordan High School. He was signed by the Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 2019.

College career

Hodges was a four year starter at quarterback for Samford. He was named the Southern Conference Offensive Player of the Year three times,[1] and he was the recipient of the 2018 Walter Payton Award[2] during his senior year in which he set the NCAA FCS career record for passing yards with 14,584.[3] Hodges’ mark broke the previous record that was set by former Alcorn State quarterback Steve McNair in 1994.

Year Team G Cmp Att Pct Yds Yds/att TD INT
2014 Samford 1 0 0 0 0 0
2015 Samford 9 200 288 64.9 2,230 7.7 12 6
2016 Samford 12 375 530 70.8 4,088 7.7 36 8
2017 Samford 12 347 528 65.7 3,983 7.5 31 11
2018 Samford 11 388 550 70.5 4,283 7.8 32 16
Career Samford 45 1,310 1,896 69.1 14,584 7.7 111 41

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Professional career

Hodges signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent on May 13, 2019.[5] He was waived on August 31, 2019.[6] The Steelers re-signed Hodges to their practice squad on September 10, 2019.[7] He was promoted to the active roster on September 16, 2019 following an injury to starter Ben Roethlisberger.[8] On October 6, 2019, he made his professional debut with the Steelers in a game against the Baltimore Ravens following an injury to Mason Rudolph.[9] In his first regular season game, Hodges completed seven of nine passes for 68 yards, and ran the ball twice for 20 yards.[10] He won his first NFL start in the October 13, 2019 game against the Los Angeles Chargers.[11] In the game, Hodges threw for 132 yards, one touchdown, and one interception.[12] On November 24, 2019, Hodges replaced Rudolph midway through the third quarter and threw for 118 yards which included a 79-yard touchdown pass en route to a 16–10 comeback victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. On November 26, Steelers' head coach Mike Tomlin named Hodges the starting quarterback for the Steelers' next game against the Cleveland Browns.[13] In the game, Hodges threw for 212 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception in the 20–13 win. [14]

Personal life

Hodges gained the nickname "Duck" at Samford[15] for his prowess at duck calling. Hodges won the 2009 Junior World Duck Calling Contest at age 13[16] and won the 2018 Alabama State Duck Calling Championship.[17]

References

  1. ^ "Samford's Devlin Hodges named SoCon Player of the Year". AL.com. November 21, 2018. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  2. ^ "Samford QB Devlin Hodges wins Walter Payton Award". AL.com. January 5, 2018. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  3. ^ "Devlin Hodges notches FCS mark with 14,584 career passing yards". ESPN.com. Associated Press. November 17, 2018. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  4. ^ "Football Championship Subdivision Player Stats - Devlin Hodges - Samford Bulldogs | STATS | FCS Football". FCS. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  5. ^ Varley, Teresa (May 13, 2019). "Steelers make multiple roster moves". Steelers.com. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  6. ^ Varley, Teresa (August 31, 2019). "Steelers make roster cuts". Steelers.com. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  7. ^ Varley, Teresa (September 10, 2019). "Steelers agree to terms with Elliott". Steelers.com. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  8. ^ Varley, Teresa (September 16, 2019). "Hodges to 53-man roster; Ben to IR". Steelers.com. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  9. ^ "Mason Rudolph leaves game vs. Ravens with concussion". nfl.com. October 6, 2019. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  10. ^ "Devlin Hodges". espn.com. October 7, 2019.
  11. ^ "Steelers rule out QB Rudolph; Hodges to start". ESPN.com. October 11, 2019. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  12. ^ "Steelers' Conner scores 2 TDs, Hodges wins first start". www.espn.com. Associated Press. October 13, 2019. Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  13. ^ "Steelers starting Devlin Hodges at QB vs. Browns". NFL.com. Retrieved November 27, 2019.
  14. ^ "Duck's Dynasty? Backup Hodges leads Steelers by Browns 20-13". www.espn.com. December 1, 2019. Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  15. ^ Pryor, Brooke (October 11, 2019). "Duck tales: The surprising, duck-calling, record-breaking ride for Steelers QB Devlin Hodges". ESPN.com. Retrieved October 11, 2019.
  16. ^ Russell, Jake (October 13, 2019). "Meet Devlin Hodges, a duck-calling champion and the Steelers' newest starting quarterback". Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  17. ^ "Devlin Hodges: Calling Ducks or Calling Football Plays". mossyoak.com. January 10, 2019. Retrieved October 13, 2019.

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