Sandra Dukes-US PRESSWIRE
I can't remember the last time Penn State had a linebacker as athletic as Gerald Hodges.
Hodges, a potential early round pick in the next NFL draft, had eight tackles with three of them going for a loss—in the first half.
The freakishly talented senior also broke up a pass on Saturday.
It looks like Penn State could have its next Linebacker U product in the NFL soon enough if he keeps playing like this.
As Hodges stole the show on Saturday, leader and standout Michael Mauti was rather quiet against Purdue.
While he did tally .5 of a tackle for loss, Mauti made just five stops against the Boilermakers—just a decent performance for the takedown machine.
Expect Mauti to get back in stride against a run-first Nebraska team next week.
Middle linebacker Glenn Carson had another so-so performance for the second consecutive week on Saturday.
Carson, who is constantly overshadowed by Hodges and Mauti, made four tackles against Purdue with three of them being solo takedowns.
Carson also did well in coverage against Purdue, breaking up a pass.
Mike Hull proved again on Saturday why he deserves in-game snaps.
Hull, who has forged himself as a fourth starter at linebacker, made solid reads, filled running lanes and took down Boilermakers.
The redshirt sophomore made six tackles on Saturday (three solo, three assisted) and broke up a pass.