Penn State weakside linebacker Gerald Hodges, a former standout at Paulsboro High School, was honored Monday as the Big Ten's defensive player of the week for the second straight time.
In the Nittany Lions' 10-7 over Illinois on Saturday, Hodges tallied a career-high 19 tackles, the most by a Penn State player in a game since Paul Posluszny had 22 in 2005. The junior also had a sack, forced a fumble and broke up two passes in Saturday's come-from-behind victory.
Hodges is the first Lion recognized as the conference's defensive player of the week in consecutive weeks since linebacker Navorro Bowman, now with the San Francisco 49ers, in 2009. He leads No. 16 Penn State (8-1, 5-0 Big Ten) with 77 tackles (eighth in Big Ten) and 4.5 sacks (fifth in Big Ten), is second with nine tackles for loss (ninth in Big Ten) and also has an interception and a forced fumble.