Split time at tight end, playing in all 11 games ... Caught eight passes for 69 yards and two touchdowns ... Hauled in two catches for 19 yards and a touchdown against San Diego State ... Had another two catches for 22 yards and a TD in shutout win over Iowa ... Caught one pass for eight yards at Minnesota ... Had one catch for 14 yards against Michigan.
Split time at tight end playing in all 12 games ? Caught a 27-yard pass and a three-yard TD pass in comeback win at Michigan ? Caught nine passes, two for touchdowns (Arkansas State, Michigan) ? Scored first collegiate touchdown on five-yard pass from Kurt Kittner in opening game against Arkansas State for the first Illinois score of the season ? Caught an 18-yard pass in the Illini?s win over Virginia in the Micronpc.com Bowl ? Set career-high in receiving yards with 30 yards at Michigan ? Set career-high in receptions with two against San Diego State and Michigan.
Started all 11 games at tight end, catching seven passes for 53 yards ? Caught passes in five games . . . Career-high two catches for 20 yards, including a 13-yard reception vs. Middle Tennessee . . . Also caught passes vs. Washington State, Northwestern, Indiana and Michigan State.
Redshirted the 1997 season.
High School Highlights
Named All-S.I.C.A. Green as an outside linebacker and special mention as a quarterback . . . Earned all-area honorable mention honors as an outside linebacker. . . Threw for 900 yards as senior and rushed for seven touchdowns . . . Played quarterback, tight end and linebacker . . . Earned two letters in football, three in basketball and three in track . . . Earned Bronze Honor Roll accolades 10 times . . . High school coach Jon McLaughlin.
Born May 15, 1979 ? Most memorable moment in sports was hitting a last second shot to win a conference basketball game that helped Rich Central win the conference title . . . Brother, Aaron, is an offensive lineman on the Illinois football team ? Lists Jeff George as his Fighting Illini athletic hero . . . Uncles (Clyde, Leonard, Mark and David Kenebrew) all played college football . . . Parents are Alan and Jacqueline Hodges ? Majoring in economics with a career goal of becoming a computer programmer.
Receptions: 2 four times (last time vs. Iowa, 10/14/00)
Yards: 30 vs. Michigan, 10/23/99
TD: 1 four times (last time vs. Iowa, 10/14/00)
Long Catch: 27 at Michigan,10/23/99
*Micronpc.com Bowl; Miami, Fla.