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Hodges Lone FCS Candidate on Butkus Award Watch List

Hodges continues to accumulate preseason honors (photo courtesy of Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The lone candidate from the Football Championships Subdivision (FCS), Harvard football rising senior Zach Hodges has been named to The Butkus Award Watch List, The Butkus Foundation announced Monday.

Also named to the 2014 Buck Buchanan Award Watch List, the Sports Network FCS Preseason All-America first team and the CFPA Defensive End Award Watch List, Hodges is one of 51 players eligible for one of the elite individual honors in college football.

In 2008, The Butkus Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization, took stewardship of the award to fully realize the original purpose of honoring athletic achievement and service to the community while honoring the nation's best high school, college, and professional linebackers. An independent Butkus Award Selection Committee, headed by Pro Football Weekly's Hub Arkush and comprised of 51 experts including professional, college and high school scouts, and prominent sports journalists, will conduct the selection process.

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 first team. Hodges helped Harvard rank seventh in the nation in rush defense, as the Crimson allowed only 97.3 yards 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).