Hodge and Phillips Headed to NFL Combine

TCU safety Stephen Hodge and linebacker Jason Phillips have been invited to the 2009 NFL Scouting Combine Feb. 18-24 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The event will be televised by the NFL Network.

TCU safety Stephen Hodge and linebacker Jason Phillips have been invited to the 2009 NFL Scouting Combine Feb. 18-24 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The event will be televised by the NFL Network.

In his eight-year tenure as TCU's head coach, Gary Patterson has had 16 players drafted with 36 in NFL camps.

Hodge was TCU's Defensive Most Valuable Player in the 17-16 Poinsettia Bowl win over Boise State. The senior from Tatum, Texas, totaled 11 tackles, including three for a loss with one sack. His interception with 1:47 to play preserved the Horned Frogs' victory.

A first-team All-Mountain West Conference selection in 2008, Hodge placed second on TCU with a career-high 81 tackles. He had a personal-best 12 stops, including one for a loss, in the 32-7 win over BYU. Hodge was a preseason All-American who appeared on watch lists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Jim Thorpe Award.

In 2007, Hodge's eight sacks led the nation for defensive backs.

Phillips is the only defensive player in Mountain West Conference history to be a first- or second-team all-conference selection in four consecutive seasons. In 2008, he was a first-team All-MWC pick in addition to being an honorable-mention All-American. He made watch lists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Dick Butkus Award and Rotary Lombardi Award.

A native of Waller, Texas, Phillips topped the Frogs with 84 tackles. It was the third time in four seasons he led TCU in stops. Phillips' 13.0 tackles for loss were second on the team behind only consensus All-American Jerry Hughes.

Phillips, who totaled 315 career tackles, started all but one game over the last four seasons.


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