Rams Promote Rookie KhaDarel Hodge
Ed "Pi Double i" Henderson
Updated 9/19/2018 3:30 pm PST
The Los Angeles Rams have promoted rookie preseason sensation KhaDarel Hodge from the practice squad. The team recently placed receivers Pharoh Cooper and Mike Thomas on the IR to paved the way for Hodge signing to the active roster.
Hodge may have tipped a hint yesterday that he was moving to the active roster after posting this tweet to Prairie View A&M Nation and to Coach Jacoby Anderson:
KhaDarel Hodge Hint Tweet
As a prep, Hodge started at quarterback for the Mendenhall Tigers as a sophomore. During his junior and senior seasons, he compiled for over 3,000 passing yards and ran for over 2,000 yards, while scoring 68 touchdowns. Hodge was named to the Mississippi All-State Second Team Offensive Player by Clarion-Ledger and was named the 2013 Offensive MVP in the Benard Blackwell North/South All-Star Classic.
Hodge started his collegiate career playing quarterback at Alcorn State as a freshman in 2013 but would transfer to Hinds Community College converting to a wide receiver. Recruited by Prairie View A&M where he committed to play in 2015. During his senior season, Hodge would break a school-record by recording 232 receiving yards and three touchdowns against Arkansas Pine-Bluff on Senior Day. On this day he would claim a Prairie View record that stood for nearly 50 years by Kansas City Chiefs great Otis Taylor of 198 receiving yards. He had a career-high with 48 receptions for 844 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Hodge finished third in the SWAC (Southwest Athletic Conference), with both in catches and receiving yards, average 17.6 yards per catch which were second, and first in touchdown receptions Hodge was named to the All-SWAC First Team his senior year, as well as Black College All-America accolades from both BOXTOROW and SBN/Power News Radio
Network. He would end his three-year Panther career at Prairie View with 104 receptions for 1,797 receiving yards and scored 21 touchdowns.
At Prairie View’s pro-day, Hodge was time at an unofficial 4.39 40-yard time, a 38 ½” vertical jump, and 15 reps of 225 pounds with the bench press.
Hodge went undrafted from the 2018 NFL Draft but was on the radar by a few teams. At 6’2”, he a good-sized receiver with high speed and the ability to separate from defensive backs in the vertical game. He joins a crowded Rams receiving core that has the likes of Robert Woods, Brandin Cooks, Cooper Kupp, Josh Reynolds, and add in recently signed JoJo Natson.
In Hodges first preseason game, he caught a touchdown pass against the Baltimore Ravens, ending the game with two receptions for 14 yards. In week two of the pre-season against the Oakland Raiders, Hodge would make an acrobatic catch from quarterback Sean Mannion for 47 yards. Hodge finished the game with two receptions for 57 yards, leading all receivers in yardage. After playing in all four preseason games, Hodge finished with eight receptions for 100 yards and one touchdown.
When the Rams announced their 10-man practice squad roster, Hodge's name included on that list. Overjoyed with so much happiness, he again tweeted his success by praising his mother for sacrificing everything to make it favorable for her four children as a single parent. He mentioned she had suffered from a sleeping disorder but still managed to maintain food and shelter for her children.
Hodge Pledge To Mother
Joining the 53-man roster doesn't guarantee Hodge will crack the 46-man roster on game day. However, this shows that head coach Sean McVay has gained Hodges trust in his talent.RSS Feed
In other moves, the Rams activated starting right guard Jamon Brown from the non-exempt list and re-signed defensive end Marcus Martin to the practice squad.
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