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Hodges Garners AFCA All-America Status

Zach Hodges has been named to three separate All-America teams (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Junior defensive end Zach Hodges of the Harvard football team continues to earn more postseason accolades, as he was named to the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Football Championship Subdivision Coaches' All-America team.

Hodges has been previously tabbed to College Sports Madness All-America first team and The Sports Network All-America second team. He also was honored with the 2013 Asa. S. Bushnell Cup as the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year.

A native of Atlanta, Ga., Hodges helped the Crimson boast the nation's seventh best rush defense (97.3 yards allowed per game on the ground). He ranked fifth individually with four forced fumbles and also recovered three fumbles, including one for a 53-yard touchdown at San Diego Sept. 21.

Hodges tied for the Ivy League lead with 6.5 sacks en route to unanimous All-Ivy first team status. He was second in the conference with 11.5 tackles for a loss, making 40 tackles overall on the year. A two-time All-Ancient Eight selection, Hodges was honored as Harvard's Frederick Greeley Crocker Award winner as the Crimson's Most Valuable Player.

Despite only finishing his junior season, Hodges already ranks fifth in school history with 18.5 sacks, only 2.0 behind the all-time program leader (Chris Smith '98 – 20.5).

Hodges and Harvard earned a share of the program's 15th Ivy League crown, finishing 6-1 in the Ancient Eight and 9-1 overall. The Crimson defeated Yale for the seventh straight season and 12th time in the last 13 years, while posting a 5-0 record on the road. Harvard also won at least seven games for the 13th consecutive season, an Ivy League record.