Last updated on June 12, 2013
Michael Hodges, a former Academic All-American and All-Big 12 linebacker for Tim DeRuyter at Texas A&M, is in his second season as a graduate assistant defensive coach for DeRuyter at Fresno State.
Hodges helps coach the Bulldog inside linebackers and he also assists the defensive coaches with game preparation, film breakdown, scouting and practice plans.
Hodges, a O'Connor [Texas] High School product, walked on to the Aggie football team in the spring of 2008. After suffering a torn ACL at the end of spring drills in 2009, he came back that fall to earn honorable mention All-Big 12 honors when he started in nine games as a junior.
As a senior in 2010, Hodges started every game and went on to earn second-team All-Big 12 honors. He led the Aggies in tackles despite being injured in the bowl game against LSU. He earned Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honors twice with 14 tackles over Nebraska and a career-best 19 stops against Oklahoma, and also recorded 13 tackles in the Thanksgiving victory over Texas in Austin.
Hodges was a two-time All-Academic Big 12 selection in his career and was named a first-team ESPN Academic All-American in 2010.
He was presented with the 2010 Heart Award, which is the highest honor for a Texas A&M senior football player. The Aggie Heart Award winner is the player who extends himself to the fullest every time he wears his football gear, regardless of the situation, be it in practice or a game.
Hodges graduated from Texas A&M in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in sport management and a minor in business. In 2011 he received his master's in marketing from A&M.
He was born on Sept. 29, 1986 and is engaged to be married to Ashley Horn.