Last week, Nebraska running back Roy Helu Jr. ran away with Eastbay’s College Football Player of the Week honors. This week, our search for the Week 10 recipient led us to the defensive side of the ball, and a clash between the Oklahoma Sooners and Texas A&M Aggies. Though Oklahoma came into the game ranked #8 and fielding one of the nation’s most prolific offenses, it was a Michael Hodges led defense that would prove to be the difference. Hodges recorded 19 tackles and two sacks in the game, helping the Aggies upset the Sooners 33-19.
Michael’s 19 tackles were a career high, and the most tackles by an Aggie defender since Dat Nguyen recorded 20 in the 1998 Cotton Bowl. The two Hodges’ sacks went for a combined 16 lost yards. Perhaps the most impressive feat accomplished on the day was A&M’s three goal line stops of the Oklahoma offense. A&M came up with a goal line stand in the first quarter as Hodges and Von Miller combined to stop DeMarco Murray on 4th and 1. Later in the fourth quarter, the A&M defense manufactured two more stops in the red zone with, Hodges recording three tackles on second, third and fourth downs.
They were then treated to chants of “Wreck-ing Crew,” a nickname held by vaunted Texas A&M defenses of the 80s and 90s. “It’s an indescribable feeling to hear the fans screaming that for us,” Hodges said. “That’s a goal of ours and we took a big step toward that today.”
The Aggies will now travel to Waco on Saturday, where they’ll play the Baylor Bears.
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