Trevor Hodge has moved from quarterback to defensive back, according to Iowa State's online roster. Multiple team sources confirmed the position change to AllCyclones.com, indicating Hodge will play safety going forward.
The switch means Hodge has decided against transferring elsewhere in hopes of continuing his career as a quarterback. He started spring football as fourth-string on the depth chart and ended it the same way, an undisclosed violation of team rules not helping his cause. Hodge sat out ISU's scrimmage and played sparingly in the spring game.
Hodge is a quarterback lifer, but even at Citrus Hill HS in Perris, Calif., there were signs his future might be brighter elsewhere. A 6-foot, 185-pounder with 4.74-speed, Hodge in his junior highlight tape shows off a good burst, moves well laterally and runs tough, willing to take a hit.
In fact, the first play on Hodge's 2011 highlight tape is a strong block.
Hodge isn't a burner, but the 40-yard-dash he ran in high school compares favorably with the times turned in this offseason by former starting safety Deon Broomfield (high of 4.65, low of 4.49).
Should Hodge pick up the ins-and-outs of the position well enough and learn how to take angles and anticipate changes in direction, he'll avoid most straight-line run-downs. That's perhaps the biggest question mark I have about the position change, but it's not to say Hodge has never won a foot race.
Moving to safety gives Hodge the opportunity to further his career at a BCS conference, because he wasn't going to see the field at quarterback, barring disaster, especially with a new offensive coordinator in Mark Mangino. The Cyclones should be pleased with how their numbers jive now: Four scholarship quarterbacks and seven scholarship safeties.
Note: If Devron Moore returns to the team in August, it'll be as a non-scholarship player.