Scouting Report: Changa Hodge

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Changa Hodge
Changa Hodge should provide a boost to the Virginia Tech offense. (Villanova athletics)

At Villanova, Changa Hodge (6’1, 190-200) was a do-everything receiver. He’d be split wide by himself on one snap, and the innermost slot in a 3 x 1 set. He was the primary receiver on the bubble screen, and their biggest deep threat. While he didn’t get any carries on the year, he was also their jet/orbit man, and he even shifted into the backfield as the third man on triple option plays. He was a talented receiver on a good offense loaded with load of first-, second-, and third-team all-conference players (Hodge himself was third-team all-CAA in 2019.)

For this recap, I focused on two major games. First was an early season matchup against the #2 JMU Dukes, and the second was their wildcard playoff loss to the SE Louisiana Lions. In Harrisonburg, Villanova spent a good bit of time pushing around a depleted JMU secondary en route to almost 390 passing yards. Hodge was a big part of that as he grabbed eight catches for 134 yards. The game showed his biggest strength is probably getting loose on vertical routes. Here Hodge (at top) runs a glance against one-on-one press coverage:

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