Hodges is the third Crimson to earn a CFPA award (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Junior defensive end Zach Hodges of the Harvard football team has earned a share of the 2013 CFPA Defensive End Award, as announced by the College Football Performance Awards office this afternoon. Hodges shares the award with Shaquille Riddick of Gardner-Webb.
The 2013 Asa. S. Bushnell Cup recipient as the Ivy League's Defensive Player of the Year, finished 2013 tied for a league best 6.5 sacks, second in conference with 11.5 tackles for a loss and 40 tackles on the year en route to a unanimous first team All-Ivy League selection.
The Atlanta, Ga., native helped Harvard rank seventh nationally in best rush defense, allowing 97.3 yards per game on the ground. Individually, Hodges sat fifth with four forced fumbles and also recovered three fumbles, including one for a 53-yard touchdown in the season opener at San Diego, Sept. 21.
Hodges is the third Harvard player to earn CFPA annual honors, following Colton Chapple '13 in 2012 and 2011 recipient Kyle Juszczyk '13.
The 2013 CFPA Defensive Award caps a remarkable season for Hodges, who has been previously tabbed to American Football Coaches Association Football Championship Subdivision Coaches' All-America team, College Sports Madness All-America first team, and the Sports Network All-America second team. 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.
The Crimson and Hodges earned a share of the program's 15th Ivy League crown, finishing 6-1 in Ivy play and 9-1 overall. Harvard downed archrival Yale for the seventh straight season and 12th time in the last 13 years, while posting a 5-0 record on the road. The Crimson also won at least seven games for the 13th consecutive season, an Ivy League record.
The goal of College Football Performance Awards it to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferment in college football. All CFPA recipients are selected based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. Twenty-one CFPA recipients have been first-round NFL Draft selections.