Hodge Leaves Badgers

After earning his third letter last season in reserve work, senior linebacker Elijah Hodge decided another change in his role by the coaching staff was too much to handle.

MADISON - After getting replaced at middle linebacker position last season, senior Elijah Hodge took the change in stride.

After the Badgers tried to move Hodge to fullback to replace Chris Pressley, however, the move appeared to be the last straw.

According to sources familiar with the situation, Hodge was not pleased with the switch to fullback and decided to call it quits.

Rated as a four-star prospect and the 16th-best linebacker in the country according to Scout, Hodge was a standout linebacker at Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale and chose Wisconsin over scholarship offers from Iowa, where his older brother Abdul Hodge played, and Ohio State.

Hodge's best season was his sophomore season, where the linebacker started 11 games and finished third on team with 67 tackles and sixth on team with 7.5 TFLs.

But after suffering an injury early in the conference season, Hodge was never quite the same, struggling at points during the remainder of the season. In order to provide some consistency, Jaevery McFadden was inserted into the position and never relinquished the role, causing Hodge to be moved to a reserve role, a position he took in stride.

This season, the coaching staff apparently wanted to utilize Hodge's size and strength at the fullback position, a position where UW is currently thin on offense after losing Pressley and Bill Rentmeester to graduation. For whatever the reason, Hodge didn't want to make the change and decided to call it quits.

We'll have more on this story as information becomes available ...

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