Brandon Hodges NFL Draft Prospect

Brandon Hodges (#58) played both right guard and right tackle during his collegiate career at the University of Texas, the University of Pittsburgh and East Mississippi Community College. Hodges attended Aberdeen High School in Mississippi. During high school, Hodges helped lead Aberdeen to an 11-3 record, District 3A Region 2 title, and the state 3A Playoffs as a senior. Hodges was also a member of his schools basketball team while in high school.Hodges 2
Hodges started his collegiate career playing football at East Mississippi Community College. Spending two seasons at EMCC, Hodges helped lead the team to back-to-back NJCAA Championships. EMCC had a record of 24-0 during Hodges’ time on the team while also being selected to NJCAA All-Region XXIII as a sophomore. Hodges transferred to the University of Texas following his two seasons at EMCC. Hodges was redshirted in 2015 and spent two seasons as a member of the Longhorns. In 2016, Hodges started 9 games at right tackle. His first collegiate start came in Texas’ home opener against Notre Dame and helped the Longhorns pile up 517 yards in a 50-47 win. Hodges was apart of a unit that averaged 491 yards per game (16th in the Nation) and 239 rushing yards a game (17th in the Nation). After two seasons at Texas, he transferred for a final time to the University of Pittsburgh as a graduate transfer. Hodges played in eight games for Pitt where he started three. Those three starts came when he was playing right guard against Youngstown State, Georgia Tech, and Rice. Hodges reflected on the experience by saying, “Pitt put me in a professional setting and I loved being apart of that young team and they will be ACC contenders very soon.”
Hodges talked about his toughest matchup while at the University of Pittsburgh and said it was against Miami when they were ranked No. 2 in the Nation. Hodges helped lead his team to a 24-14 victory over Miami and helped his team accumulate 175 rushing yards. Hodges talked about the matchup by saying, “I had to prepare myself mentally and physically so that we would get the win, so I did extra cardio, watched extra film and watched NFL to learn different techniques.”Hodges 1
Hodges is currently preparing to participate in the University of Pittsburgh Pro Day. Hodges said he’s, “focusing on controlling what I can control and being my very own biggest critic putting countless hours in the gym and perfecting my craft on and off the field.” Hodges has been able to prove himself on the field as being a solid component for the run game both at Pitt and Texas. With his athletic ability he is able to follow the block and create gaps through the offense while stabilizing his feet no matter the formation he faces. Hodges will be able to find success in the NFL as he is the ideal size and skill set for teams looking to improve their offensive line and running game.

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