In this installment of a new weekly series, we break down the ins and outs of the Harvard football team. This week, we dissect how sophomore defensive end Zach Hodges has smothered opposing quarterbacks and running backs.
Hodges is one of the youngest members of the defensive line but has been pivotal in helping the line suffocate running attacks and intimidate quarterbacks. In recent games, Hodges has seen increasing playing time at defensive end for the Crimson while offensive coordinators around the league struggle to protect their most valuable players from his wrath.
Hodges' combination of power and speed has helped him accrue double-digit tackles for loss and make game-changing plays in the backfield. Even in a loss to Princeton, Hodges was all over the field, accruing multiple quarterback hurries, tackles for loss, and half a sack that knocked the Tigers' main QB out of the game.