2002:Two-way player that saw time at guard and defensive tackle ... Saw significant action in all-12 games ... Saw time on defense during the second half of the season after a number of solid performances as a member of the scout team defense ... Made three stops, one vs. Ohio State and two at Northwestern.
2001: Played both guard positions during the year ... Shared time with Dave Deihl at the right guard at the Sugar Bowl ... Played in 17 snaps while recording three knockdowns and not allowing a sack … Offensive line ranked second in the conference with only 16 sacks allowed (1.3 per game) and held four defenses without a sack … Team posted over 5,000 yards of total offense for the first time in over 51 years … Passing and scoring offense ranked second in the conference … Team averaged 32.5 points per game, the most in school history.
2000: Played in four games at guard and on special teams totaling 62 offensive snaps … Tallied 10 knockdowns.
1999: Redshirted the 1999 season.
High School: Two-time SICA Green all-conference selection … Star Newspaper all-area and offensive Player of the Year … Daily Southtown all-area selection … Chicago Sun-Times Super 25 pick … All-state selection by Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Champaign News-Gazette, and IHSA football coaches … Best-in-the-Midwest selection by Detroit Free-Press … Honorable mention All-American by USA Today … Chicago Sun-Times "Top 100" selection … Played offensive guard and tackle and defensive tackle and end at Rich Central H.S. for coach Jon McLaughlin … Earned three letters in football and two in track . . . Helped lead blocking for teammate John Stewart when he rushed for an astounding 422 yards in one game.
Personal: Full given name is Aaron Michael Hodges … Nickname is A-Train … Born June 30, 1981 in Harvey, Ill. … Parents are Alan and Jacqueline Hodges … Graduated in May 2003 with a degree in leisure studies and sports management and plans to pursue a career as a college football coach or athletic director … Has one brother, Brian, who played tight end for the Fighting Illini from 1997-2001 … Four uncles played college football … Named to honor roll 11 times in high school … Favorite athlete is defensive lineman John Randle … Lists Fighting Illini athletic hero as Dana Howard … Enjoys playing video games … Played the piano for six years … Worked as a counselor at day camp as a past summer job.
Tackles: 1 vs. Ohio State, 11/16/02
Solos: 1 vs. Ohio State, 11/16/02
DEFENSIVE STATISTICS YEAR G ST AT TOT TFL-YDS QBS-YDS FF-FR 2002 13 1 2 3 0-0 0-0 0-0