BUFFALO, NY – Following a career game against Minnesota in the opener, University at Buffalo linebacker Khalil Hodge was named the Mid-American Conference East Division Defensive Player of the Week on Monday, the conference announced.
Hodge had a career-high 20 tackles against the Gophers. The junior linebacker had eight solo tackles and assisted on 12 others. It was the most tackles in a game by a Buffalo player since 2008 when All-MAC safety Davonte Shannon had 20 stops against Army. Hodge helped lead a Buffalo defense that limited Minnesota to just 17 points, including only three in the second half.
A second-team All-MAC selection in 2016, Hodge is coming off a season in which he led Buffalo with 123 tackles, the eighth most in school history for a single season and second most by a player in UB's FBS era. He posted double-digit tackles in seven games and his 10.3 tackles per game average ranked eighth nationally.
This is the first time Hodge has won MAC Player of the Week honors in his career.
Hodge and the Bulls will next play at Army West Point on Saturday afternoon.