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Hodge Out Indefinitely

by Mike Watts
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Fordham Athletics

Non-contact knee injury stalls anticipated senior season

Fordham linebacker Stephen Hodge, the reigning Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, could miss the 2014 season after sustaining a non-contact lower body injury in practice.

Hodge has already had surgery to repair the injury, and it is unclear if he will return for a redshirt senior season in 2015 if he does miss the season.

The outside linebacker was the focal point of Fordham's defense a year ago, one which forced the most turnovers in FCS.  The playmaking defender fit David Blackwell's scheme perfectly and rose from a prep school wide receiver at Valley Forge Military Academy to an all-American linebacker. Hodge led the country in solo tackles per game and finished eighth in fumbles forced in his junior season, one which saw the Rams finish 12-2 and earn an FCS playoff bid as an at-large team.

The crucial loss is softened by the multitude of returning starters on the defensive side of the ball. George Dawson, who saw time last season as a reserve, will step into the starting role. Coaches have been impressed by the sophomore's physical talent in the past.

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