Overview: Khalil Hodge is a senior who plays inside linebacker who started off his college career at City College of San Francisco before transferring to University at Buffalo. In 2016, he was one of the players named to the All-MAC Second Team. During that year, he had 123 tackles and 7 tackles for loss. In 2017, he had 154 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions, 3 sacks, 2 forced fumbles. His 154 tackles were the second highest in the nation. He was also one of the players named to the All-MAC First Team. He is a tackling machine, who displays a good football I.Q and displays good speed at the position.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Khalil, during which time he told me more about his background, his personality and his love for football.
C: For the people who do not know your story, how did you wind up choosing University at Buffalo?
KH: Out of High School I had two FCS scholarships and decided to take a chance and go to Junior College. I spent a semester at City College of San Francisco and from there I was offered a scholarship to come play at Buffalo.
C: How do you plan on making yourself stand out and noticed by NFL scouts?
KH: I really just want my film to speak for itself. I feel as though when I’m on that field I can make every play needed at the linebacker position and being able to track down ball carriers sideline to sideline, make plays in space, and continue to get involved in the pass game is what will make me standout.
C: What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses?
KH: My biggest strengths would be tracking the ball carrier, I feel as though I have a natural feel for the game of football and where the ball will end up. I want to continue to work on my awareness in coverage and just being able to play sideline to sideline.
C: What separates you from the other players at your position?
KH: I believe I am a natural born leader who isn’t afraid to jump out in front and take charge. I also think my confidence in my preparation allows me to play at my best week in and week out.
C: Which current or former NFL player do you think you resemble and why?
KH: I think I most resemble Eric Kendricks from the Vikings. We are similar in size and I think we both have a nose for the football.
C: Who is the toughest player you’ve ever faced in your college career?
KH: Corey Davis
C: When did you first fall in love with playing football?
KH: As soon as my father put a football in my hands at about 4-5yrs old.
C: What is the most inspirational or powerful thing a coach has ever said to you in your college career?
KH: My Junior College football coach told me that I can not only play but dominate at the next level and that helped fuel me to get to Buffalo.
C: How do you prepare for game day? Do you have any game day rituals?
KH: I have to listen to music before every game it helps me to focus in.
C: What should people reading this interview know about you?
KH: People should know that I am a true competitor and that being on the football field my goal is to win games and all my 1 on 1 matchups. Through weekly preparation and constant work, I believe that I’m one of the best players on the field and my goal is to prove that every Saturday.
Locker Room Update would like to thank Khalil Hodge for taking the time to speak with us. We wish him the best of luck as he continues his journey as a professional football player.
Follow him on Twitter: @Khalil_Hodge
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Christa is a syndicated New York Jets beat writer and acts as the primary talent scout for Locker Room Update, where she interviews college football players from around the nation. You can follow her author page on Facebook here for the latest updates.