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Gerald Hodges
MLB #50
Height:
6-2
Weight:
236
College:
Penn State
Experience:
3
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 41 153 111 42 1.5 0 8 1 1 27 -- 27
2016 SF 2 12 3 9 1 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2015 SF 10 50 39 11 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2015 MIN 4 20 14 6 0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- --
2014 MIN 14 66 51 15 0.5 0 7 1 1 27 27 27
2013 MIN 11 5 4 1 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --

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BIOGRAPHY

2014 GP/GS Career GP/GS Playoffs GP/GS

14/7             25/7                0/0

• 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...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 Saw first major game action on defense, starting 7 games, in 2014...Appeared in 11 games, mainly on special teams, during his rookie season...1 of 10 rookies to see action for the Vikings in 2013...At the time of his selection, he was the highest LB drafted by the Vikings since Chad Greenway was taken #17 overall in 2006.

2014 GP/GS Career GP/GS Playoffs GP/GS

14/7             25/7                0/0

• 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...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 Saw first major game action on defense, starting 7 games, in 2014...Appeared in 11 games, mainly on special teams, during his rookie season...1 of 10 rookies to see action for the Vikings in 2013...At the time of his selection, he was the highest LB drafted by the Vikings since Chad Greenway was taken #17 overall in 2006.

2014 Made a significant impact on the Vikings defense, the most improved in the NFL, during the 2014 season...Started the first game of his career vs. Atlanta (9/28), opening seven total contests on the campaign...Intercepted a pass on the first play from scrimmage vs. NY Jets and returned it 27 yards for a touchdown, the fastest defensive score in Vikings history (12 seconds)...Had a strong finish to the 2014 campaign, recording a career-best 11 tackles and sharing the first sack of his career with Linval Joseph in the season finale victory vs. Chicago (12/28).

2013 Played primarily as a special teamer in 11 games, including the last 10 straight games, 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).

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 with 109 tackles...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 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...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.

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