Johnson and Hodge Named Preseason All-Americans by Athlon Sports


BUFFALO, NY – University at Buffalo football standouts Anthony Johnson and Khalil Hodge have been named preseason All-Americans by Athlon Sports, the publication announced on Tuesday. Johnson, a senior wide receiver was named to the third-team offense while Hodge, a senior linebacker, was named to the fourth-team defense.

Johnson is coming off a breakout season with the Bulls. In 2017, he had 76 catches for 1,356 and a school-record 14 touchdowns. Johnson ranked second in the nation in receiving yards per game (113.0) and third in receiving touchdowns (14). The All-MAC First Team selection had six games of 140 or more receiving yards which was tops in the country.

Hodge, a two-time All-MAC selection, totaled more tackles (277) than any other player in the nation over the last two seasons. In 2017, he racked up a MAC-best 154 stops, the most ever by a UB player in its FBS era. He ranked second in the nation in tackles in 2017.

The 2018 UB football season kicks off on September 1 against Delaware State at UB Stadium.

Click here for the entire 2018 Athlon Sports Preseason All-American Team.