Hodges Named Co-Ivy Defensive Player of the Year

Hodges Named Co-Ivy Defensive Player of the Year

A Harvard player has won the Bushnell Cup in five consecutive seasons (Mike McLaughlin).

NEW YORK – Senior defensive end Zack Hodges of the Harvard football team was named a co-recipient of the 2014 Asa S. Bushnell Cup, sharing the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year honor with Princeton linebacker Mike Zeuli, in an announcement made at the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel in New York City on Dec. 8, 2014.

Hodges is the 10th Harvard player to receive the Bushnell Cup and the fifth in as many seasons. He also becomes the first player to win the award in back-to-back seasons since Harvard's Carl Morris '03 in 2001 and 2002. This marks the first tie for Ivy League Player of the Year since 2010.

Hodges, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, earned his third selection to the All-Ivy first team in 2014. Hodges is also this year's winner of the George "Bulger" Lowe Award, presented to the top defensive player in New England. He played in all 10 games this fall and recorded a league-best 8.5 sacks.
He finished the year with 26 tackles and 10.0 stops for a loss, including 2.0 sacks in the win over Yale in 131st playing of The Game. He also recorded six tackles, 1.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for a loss against Cornell. Hodges helped the Crimson rank second in the nation in scoring defense (12.3 ppg) and fourth in rushing defense (86.8 ypg).

Hodges and the Crimson posted its 17th perfect season, going 10-0 overall. Harvard, which went 7-0 in conference games, captured its 16th Ivy League title, including its eighth under Tim Murphy, The Thomas Stephenson Family Head Coach for Harvard Football. The Crimson also defeated Yale for a program-record eighth-straight time.

Harvard's Asa S. Bushnell Cup Recipients:
Jim Stoeckel, QB, 1973
Carl Morris, WR, 2000 and 2001
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, 2004
Chris Pizzotti, QB, 2008
Gino Gordon, RB, 2010
Josue Ortiz, DT, 2011
Colton Chapple, QB, 2012
Zack Hodges, DE, 2013 and 2014