Devlin Hodges
No. 6, 7
Position:Quarterback
Personal information
Born: (1996-04-12) April 12, 1996 (age 26)
Kimberly, Alabama
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school:Mortimer Jordan
College:Samford
Undrafted:2019
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • Walter Payton Award (2018)
  • NCAA FCS career passing yards leader (14,584)
  • SoCon Offensive Player of the Year (2016–18)
  • 3× first-team All-SoCon (2016–18)
Career NFL statistics
TDINT:5-8
Passing yards:1,063
Completion percentage:62.5
Passer rating:71.4
Player stats at NFL.com

Devlin Patrick "Duck" Hodges (born April 12, 1996) is a former American football quarterback. He played college football at Samford, after playing at Mortimer Jordan High School. He was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 2019.

College career

Hodges was a four-year starter at quarterback for Samford. He was named the Southern Conference Offensive Player of the Year three times,[1] and he was the recipient of the 2018 Walter Payton Award[2] during his senior year in which he set the NCAA FCS career record for passing yards with 14,584.[3] Hodges’ mark broke the previous record that was set by former Alcorn State quarterback Steve McNair in 1994.

College statistics

Team GP Cmp Att Pct Yds Avg TD Int
Samford 1 0 0 0 0 0
Samford 9 200 288 64.9 2,230 7.7 12 6
Samford 12 375 530 70.8 4,088 7.7 36 8
Samford 12 347 528 65.7 3,983 7.5 31 11
Samford 11 388 550 70.5 4,283 7.8 32 16
Career[4] 45 1,310 1,896 69.1 14,584 7.7 111 41

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump
6 ft 0+38 in
(1.84 m)
212 lb
(96 kg)
30+18 in
(0.77 m)
9+14 in
(0.23 m)
4.79 s 1.69 s 2.77 s 4.53 s 7.38 s 32.0 in
(0.81 m)
8 ft 7 in
(2.62 m)
All values from Pro Day[5][6]

Pittsburgh Steelers

2019 season

Hodges signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent on May 13, 2019.[7] He was waived on August 31, 2019.[8] The Steelers re-signed Hodges to their practice squad on September 10, 2019.[9] He was promoted to the active roster on September 16, 2019 following an injury to starter Ben Roethlisberger.[10]

On October 6, 2019, he made his professional debut with the Steelers in a game against the Baltimore Ravens following an injury to Mason Rudolph.[11] In his first regular season game, Hodges completed seven of nine passes for 68 yards, and ran the ball twice for 20 yards.[12] He won his first NFL start in the October 13, 2019 game against the Los Angeles Chargers.[13] In the game, Hodges threw for 132 yards, one touchdown, and one interception.[14] On November 24, 2019, Hodges replaced Rudolph midway through the third quarter and threw for 118 yards which included a 79-yard touchdown pass en route to a 16–10 comeback victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. On November 26, Steelers' head coach Mike Tomlin named Hodges the starting quarterback for the Steelers' next game against the Cleveland Browns.[15] In the game, Hodges threw for 212 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the 20–13 win.[16] After another win over the Arizona Cardinals, Hodges struggled against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday Night Football on December 15, 2019, throwing for 202 yards, 1 touchdown, and a career-high 4 interceptions as the Steelers lost 10–17.[17]

In Week 16 against the New York Jets, Hodges was benched early in the second quarter for Rudolph after throwing two interceptions. He was put back into the game in the fourth quarter after Rudolph suffered a shoulder injury. The Steelers lost 10–16. In total, Hodges threw for 84 yards and two interceptions during the loss.[18] Hodges appeared in eight games as a rookie and totaled 1,063 passing yards, five touchdowns, and eight interceptions.[19]

2020 season

Hodges was waived by the Steelers on September 6, 2020 and was signed to the practice squad the next day.[20][21] His practice squad contract with the team expired after the season on January 18, 2021.[22]

Los Angeles Rams

On January 25, 2021, Hodges signed a reserve/future contract with the Los Angeles Rams.[23] He was waived on August 23, 2021.[24]

NFL career statistics

Year Team Games Passing Rushing Sacks Fumbles
GP GS Record Cmp Att Pct Yds Avg Lng TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg Lng TD Sck SckY Fum Lost
2019 PIT 8 6 3–3 100 160 62.5 1,063 6.6 79 5 8 71.4 21 68 3.2 22 0 15 102 5 1
Career 8 6 3–3 100 160 62.5 1,063 6.6 79 5 8 71.4 21 68 3.2 22 0 15 102 5 1

Ottawa Redblacks

On September 16, 2021, Hodges signed with the Ottawa Redblacks to a three-year contract.[25] On November 5, 2021, the Redblacks announced that Hodges would be the team's starting quarterback for their November 6th game against the Toronto Argonauts.[26] Hodges struggled in his debut, completing only eight passes on 22 attempts for 90 passing yards as the Redblacks lost to the Argos 23-20.[27]

Personal life

Hodges gained the nickname "Duck" at Samford[28] for his prowess at duck calling. Hodges won the 2009 Junior World Duck Calling Contest at age 13[29] and won the 2018 Alabama State Duck Calling Championship.[30] His brother, Duncan, played quarterback for the VMI Keydets.

References

  1. ^ "Samford's Devlin Hodges named SoCon Player of the Year". AL.com. November 21, 2018. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  2. ^ "Samford QB Devlin Hodges wins Walter Payton Award". AL.com. January 5, 2018. Archived from the original on December 18, 2019. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  3. ^ "Devlin Hodges notches FCS mark with 14,584 career passing yards". ESPN.com. Associated Press. November 17, 2018. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  4. ^ "Football Championship Subdivision Player Stats – Devlin Hodges – Samford Bulldogs | STATS | FCS Football". FCS. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  5. ^ "Devlin Hodges, Samford, QB, 2019 NFL Draft Scout, NCAA College Football". draftscout.com. Retrieved October 18, 2021.
  6. ^ "Devlin Hodges, Combine Results, QB - Samford (AL)". nflcombineresults.com. Retrieved October 18, 2021.
  7. ^ Varley, Teresa (May 13, 2019). "Steelers make multiple roster moves". Steelers.com. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  8. ^ Varley, Teresa (August 31, 2019). "Steelers make roster cuts". Steelers.com. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  9. ^ Varley, Teresa (September 10, 2019). "Steelers agree to terms with Elliott". Steelers.com. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  10. ^ Varley, Teresa (September 16, 2019). "Hodges to 53-man roster; Ben to IR". Steelers.com. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  11. ^ "Mason Rudolph leaves game vs. Ravens with concussion". nfl.com. October 6, 2019. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  12. ^ "Devlin Hodges". espn.com. October 7, 2019.
  13. ^ "Steelers rule out QB Rudolph; Hodges to start". ESPN.com. October 11, 2019. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  14. ^ "Steelers' Conner scores 2 TDs, Hodges wins first start". www.espn.com. Associated Press. October 13, 2019. Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  15. ^ "Steelers starting Devlin Hodges at QB vs. Browns". NFL.com. Retrieved November 27, 2019.
  16. ^ "Duck's Dynasty? Backup Hodges leads Steelers by Browns 20–13". www.espn.com. December 1, 2019. Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  17. ^ "Devlin Hodges, Steelers fall to Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills, 17–10 as playoff chances jeopardized at Heinz Field". www.msn.com. Retrieved December 18, 2019.
  18. ^ "Bell, Jets damage Steelers' playoff hopes with 16–10 victory". www.espn.com. Associated Press. December 22, 2019. Retrieved December 22, 2019.
  19. ^ "Devlin Hodges 2019 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 1, 2020.
  20. ^ Pryor, Brooke (September 6, 2020). "Duck down: Steelers waive QB, bring back Dobbs". ESPN.com. Retrieved September 9, 2020.
  21. ^ Williams, Charean (September 7, 2020). "Steelers sign Devlin Hodges to practice squad". ProFootballTalk. Retrieved September 9, 2020.
  22. ^ Bryan, Dave (January 18, 2021). "Steelers Let Contracts Of Five Practice Squad Players, Including QB Devlin Hodges, Expire". SteelersDepot.com. Retrieved February 18, 2021.
  23. ^ Jackson, Stu (January 25, 2021). "Rams sign quarterback Devlin Hodges and safety Jake Gervase to reserve/future contracts". TheRams.com.
  24. ^ "Rams waive Devlin Hodges, Paris Ford, Raymond Calais". NBCSports.com. August 23, 2021. Retrieved August 23, 2021.
  25. ^ "Redblacks sign QB Devlin "Duck" Hodges". Ottawa Redblacks. September 16, 2021.
  26. ^ "Quack Attack: Redblacks name Devlin 'Duck' Hodges starting QB vs. Argos | 3DownNation". Retrieved November 5, 2021.
  27. ^ "2021-11-06 Game Tracker - Toronto Argonauts vs. Ottawa Redblacks (6187)". CFL.ca. Retrieved November 6, 2021.
  28. ^ Pryor, Brooke (October 11, 2019). "Duck tales: The surprising, duck-calling, record-breaking ride for Steelers QB Devlin Hodges". ESPN.com. Retrieved October 11, 2019.
  29. ^ Russell, Jake (October 13, 2019). "Meet Devlin Hodges, a duck-calling champion and the Steelers' newest starting quarterback". Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  30. ^ "Devlin Hodges: Calling Ducks or Calling Football Plays". mossyoak.com. January 10, 2019. Retrieved October 13, 2019.