Oct. 21, 2013
Sports Network FCS Weekly Awards | CFPA National FCS Performers of the Week
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Fordham juniors Sam Ajala and Stephen Hodge each earned national recognition on Monday for their performance in the team's 52-31 win at Yale on Saturday.
Ajala was named an FCS Co-Offensive Player of the Week by The Sports Network, and also took home the National Wide Receiver of the Week honor from College Football Performance Awards (CFPA). Hodge was recognized as both the National Defensive Performer and National Linebacker of the Week by CFPA.
Ajala had one of the top performances for a wide receiver in Patriot League history as he caught 10 passes for 282 yards and four touchdowns in the victory. The receiving yardage total set a school record and ranks second in Patriot League history, and was the top mark for the League since Lehigh's Jason Cristino had 319 yards in 1992. Ajala tied a League record with four touchdown receptions, becoming the first to pull it off since Fordham's Jason Caldwell in 2009. Ajala's scoring catches were 68, 29, 68 and 33 yards, and he now stands second in the nation with 951 receiving yards this season. Ajala was named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week for his outing.
Hodge continued his fine season by tying a career high, set just last week, with 14 tackles and also recording five tackles for loss and two forced fumbles against Yale. Thirteen of his tackles were solo stops. Hodge leads the Patriot League in tackles (74), tackles for loss (10) and forced fumbles (3), and stands second in the League in sacks (4). The two-time Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week earned an honorable mention nod on Monday.
The Rams also remained at No. 8 in the FCS Coaches Poll on Monday, and moved down one spot to No. 9 in The Sports Network FCS Top 25. Lehigh came in at No. 15 in both rankings, and the Mountain Hawks have been in the top 25 for 40 consecutive weeks dating back to 2010.