Hodge receives MWC weekly defensive honor
Nov. 5, 2007
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- TCU safety Stephen Hodge has been named the Co-Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in Saturday's 37-0 victory over New Mexico.
Hodge shares the honor with San Diego State linebacker Luke Laolagi, who recorded 10 tackles, including four for a loss, and a sack in the Aztecs' 27-24 win over Wyoming.
Making his first collegiate start, Hodge led TCU with seven tackles, including a sack, and three pass break-ups. He also forced a fumble that was returned 13 yards for a touchdown by Rafael Priest.
A junior from Tatum, Texas, Hodge keyed a TCU defense that limited the Lobos to six first downs. New Mexico was held to its lowest rushing (28 yards)?and total offense (119 yards) outputs since 2003, while being blanked for the first time since 2002.
The Lobos did not reach 100 yards of offense until just over six minutes remained in the game. After gaining 22 yards on the first play from scrimmage, New Mexico totaled 97 yards on its final 57 snaps. The Lobos entered the game with the second-best offense in the Mountain West Conference, averaging over 397 yards per game.
Hodge has 4.5 sacks in the last three contests. His 5.5 sacks on the season are second on TCU to defensive end Chase Ortiz (6.0).
In addition to two sacks against Utah (Oct. 18), Hodge also registered his first collegiate touchdown when he returned a blocked punt 31 yards for a score.