Zach Hodges has made 18.5 sacks in his career (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Junior defensive end Zach Hodges of the Harvard football team has been honored on the College Sports Madness All-America first team, it was announced Friday.
Hodges, who was named to the College Sports Madness All-America second team a year ago, is a finalist for the Asa S. BushnelL Cup as Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year, which will be handed out Dec. 9 in New York City.
A unanimous All-Ivy League first team choice, Hodges, a native of Atlanta, Ga., Hodges ranked fifth in the nation with four forced fumbles, while also recovering three fumbles, including one for a 53-yard touchdown return at San Diego Sept. 21. He tied for the Ivy League lead in sacks with 6.5 and was second with 11.5 tackles for a loss.
Hodges, who already ranks fifth in school history with 18.5 career sacks, recorded 40 tackles on the year. He also helped the Crimson rank seventh in the nation in rush defense (97.3 yards per game).
Harvard concluded the season 9-1 overall and 6-1 in the Ivy League, as the Crimson earned a share of the program's 15th conference crown.