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Gerald Hodges
LB #50
Height:
6-2
Weight:
243
Age:
23
College:
Penn State
Experience:
2
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 5 4 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 -- 0 0 0 0
2013 MIN 11 0 5 4 1 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --

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BIOGRAPHY

GAMES/STARTS (regular season) 2013 (11/0). Total- 11/0

• Led Penn State in tackles as a junior and senior, posting over 100 stops each season. 

• The highest-drafted LB by the Vikings since Chad Greenway in 2006, the #17 pick overall

OFF THE FIELD Has completed coursework for a degree in rehabilitation services from PSU...Aspires to a career in teaching or counseling following his football career...Joins fellow LB from PSU Michael Mauti in the 9-member Vikings 2013 Draft class.

GAMES/STARTS (regular season) 2013 (11/0). Total- 11/0

• Led Penn State in tackles as a junior and senior, posting over 100 stops each season. 

• The highest-drafted LB by the Vikings since Chad Greenway in 2006, the #17 pick overall

OFF THE FIELD Has completed coursework for a degree in rehabilitation services from PSU...Aspires to a career in teaching or counseling following his football career...Joins fellow LB from PSU Michael Mauti in the 9-member Vikings 2013 Draft class.

PRO Appeared in 11 games, mainly on special teams, during his rookie season...One of 10 rookies to see action for the Vikings in 2013...Was the highest LB drafted by the Vikings since Chad Greenway was taken #17 overall in 2006...Ranks as the 4th-highest drafted player by the Vikings from Penn State in team history and the 1st Nittany Lion selected by the club since G John Gerak was #57 overall in 1993.

2013 Played primarily as a special teamer in 11 games, including the last 10, in his 1st NFL season...Recorded multiple special teams tackles in 3 games (at Dallas, at Green Bay and at Baltimore)...Had 9 total special teams tackles (6 solo)...Was one of 10 rookies to see playing time for the Vikings during the 2013 season.

COLLEGE Started 26 of the 44 games he played at SAM LB  for PSU...Earned 2nd-Team All-Big Ten honors as a senior by conference coaches and media as senior...Tabbed as 1st-Team All-Big Ten honoree by coaches and 2nd-Team honoree by media as a junior...Selected Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week 3 times in his career, twice as a junior and once as a senior...Became only 11th player in Nittany Lions history to lead the team in tackles in consecutive seasons...Ended career ranked #15 in school history with 249 tackles, posting only 34 in his opening 2 seasons...Played in 2013 East-West Shrine Game following senior season...Ranked #4 in the Big Ten 109 tackles...Is the 6th PSU player to post consecutive 100+ tackle seasons...Concluded senior season as a semi-finalist for Butkus Award...Named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week as a senior for performance against Northwestern...Took home Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week recognition in consecutive weeks as a junior against Northwestern and Illinois...Had a KOR and 2 PRs in 2012 season opener vs. Ohio...Had INTs against Navy and Indiana as a senior...Set career-high with 14 tackles as a junior at Northwestern along with snaring his 1st career INT and returning it 63 yards...Posted 9 tackles in TicketCity Bowl against Houston as a junior...Started 1st career game as a sophomore vs. Indiana...Tied season-best with 6 tackles vs. Florida in Outback Bowl...Saw time in each game as a freshman in 2009, 1 of 8 true freshmen to get game action...Began season at safety but moved to LB following a series of injuries that depleted the unit.

PREP Was twice named All-South Jersey and All-Conference at Paulsboro, NJ High...Standout QB, S and return man...Was a 3-year starter at QB...Ended prep career ranked the #4 OLB in the nation by Scout.com...Helped team to South Jersey Group I title as a junior and senior...Captained wrestling and track teams...Ended junior wrestling season with 40-1 record and ranked 3rd in state.