Hodges Named to CFPA Defensive End Award Watch List

Zach Hodges needs only 2.0 sacks to tie Harvard's all-time record (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Rising senior defensive end Zach Hodges of the Harvard football team has been tabbed to the College Football Performance Awards (CPFA) Football Championship Subdivision Defensive Lineman Award Watch List.

Hodges, who is among 38 defensive lineman vying for the top defensive end and defensive tackle awards in the FCS, shared the 2013 CFPA Defensive End Award with Shaquille Riddick of Gardner-Webb.

"Congratulations to returning CFPA winner Zach Hodges on earning a spot on this year's watch list," said CFPA Executive Director Brad Smith. "After a tremendous 2013 season, Hodges will be one of the nation's top defenders to watch once again."

Hodges is one of three Harvard players to earn CFPA honors. He follows Colton Chapple '13 in 2012 and 2011 recipient Kyle Juszczyk '13.

A native of Atlanta, Ga., Hodges was the recipient of the 2013 Asa S. Bushnell Cup as the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year. He tied for the conference lead with 6.5 sacks and was second in the conference with 11.5 tackles for a loss en route to a unanimous selection to the All-Ivy second team.

Hodges helped Harvard rank seventh in the nation in rush defense, as the Crimson allowed only 97.3 years per game on the ground. He heads into his senior season fifth in school history with 18.5 sacks, only 2.0 behind the all-time program leader (Chris Smith '98 – 20.5).

The full list of 2014 CFPA winners will be announced January 14, 2015.