UB linebacker Khalil Hodge named to Chuck Bednarik Award watch list

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Nevada wide receiver Hasaan Henderson fights for extra yardage as he is hit by Buffalo’s Khalil Hodge in the second half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016 in Reno, Nev. (AP Photo/Tom R. Smedes)

University at Buffalo linebacker Khalil Hodge has a nose for the football.

In fact, no player in the country has more tackles than Hodge over the last two years as he’s amassed 277 over that span.

Last season might have been Hodge’s best with the with the Bulls as he finished first in the Mid-American Conference and second in the nation with 154 tackles.  On Monday he was named to the Chuck Bednarik Award watch list, which is given annually to the top defensive player in college football.

His 154 stops also set a new single season record for UB in the FBS era.

Hodge also had two interceptions last season, including the game-winning INT in the season finale against Ohio, which helped the Bulls finish 6-6 and become bowl eligible for the first time since 2013.

In May he was listed as the 62nd best prospect ahead of the 2019 NFL Draft by CBS Sports.

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