Hodges Inks Deal with Indianapolis Colts

Hodges Inks Deal with Indianapolis Colts

Hodges is Harvard's all-time sack leader with 27.0 (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Former Harvard standout Zack Hodges has signed an undrafted free agency contract with the National Football League's Indianapolis Colts.

A defensive end in college who will shift to linebacker in the NFL, Hodges was the recipient George "Bulger" Lowe Award, presented to the top defensive player in New England. He played in all 10 games last fall and recorded a league-best 8.5 sacks en route to receiving the Asa S. Bushnell Cup as the Ivy League Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2014 after also winning the award in 2013.

A Butkus Award Finalist, Hodges was invited to play in the East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl and was an AP FCS All-America second-team selection. In addition, he attended the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

Hodges, a three-time All-Ivy League honoree, finished the 2014 campaign 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 helped the Crimson rank first in the nation in scoring defense (12.3 ppg) and fourth in rushing defense (86.8 ypg). A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Hodges is Harvard's all-time sack leader with 27.0 to his credit. 

"Zack's journey is an inspiring story, and he was an impact player in our program almost from day one," said Tim Murphy, The Thomas Stephenson Family Head Coach for Harvard Football. "His combination of athleticism, explosiveness and intensity made him at times unblockable and because of that he made everyone around him better."

The Crimson posted its 17th perfect season in 2014, going 10-0 overall and 7-0 in conference play to capture its 16th Ivy League title, including its eighth under Murphy. The Crimson also defeated Yale for a program-record eighth-straight time.