3 Key Points
- Calgary Stampeders sign versatile defensive lineman Darius Hodge.
- Hodge brings NFL and USFL experience to the Stampeders.
- Notable college performance at Marshall highlights Hodge’s skill set.
Calgary’s Defensive Addition
The Calgary Stampeders announced they have fortified their defensive line by signing the American player Darius Hodge. This move, aimed at strengthening their defense, was made public on Monday.
From the NFL to the CFL
After participating in four NFL contests with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2021, Hodge transitioned to the Miami Dolphins before a stint with the Philadelphia Stars of the USFL in 2023. There, he contributed four tackles and a half-sack over two games, demonstrating his ongoing development and adaptability in different leagues.
Record-Setting College Career
Hodge’s collegiate career at Marshall University was marked by notable achievements over three seasons and 33 games. Amassing 116 tackles, 20.5 of which were for a loss, alongside 15.5 sacks, Hodge’s college performance also includes a single-game record of 4.5 sacks against Old Dominion. His impressive senior year earned him first-team all-Conference USA honors in 2020.
Impact on Stampeders
Darius Hodge arrives at the Calgary Stampeders with a wealth of experience from different football levels, including the NFL and the USFL. His proven track record at Marshall signifies his potential impact on the Stampeders’ defense, further bolstering their lineup for the coming season.
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