BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Former Samford quarterback Devlin Hodges has signed an undrafted free agent deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Hodges has spent the last two weeks at rookie minicamps for two different teams. He worked out with the New York Giants last week and the Steelers this week.
Hodges, the 2018 Walter Payton Award winner as the top offensive player in all of FCS football, set a school record for single-season passing yards, throwing for 4,283 yards this season. Hodges had six games this season in which he threw for at least 400 yards. He also won his third straight SoCon Offensive Player of the Year honor.
For his career, Hodges became the all-time leader in career passing yards in FCS history. His 14,584 career passing yards broke the old FCS national record of 14,496, set by Steve McNair at Alcorn State from 1991-94.
Hodges is the third member of the 2018 Samford football team to sign a free agent deal with an NFL team. Following the NFL Draft, wide receiver Kelvin McKnight and defensive lineman Ahmad Gooden signed UDFA deals, both with the Denver Broncos.
During the 2018 season, five Samford players were on NFL rosters. Michael Pierce started on the defensive line for the Baltimore Ravens. James Bradberry started in the secondary for the Carolina Panthers, while Jaquiski Tartt started at safety for the San Francisco 49ers. Nick Williams was a reserve defensive lineman for the Chicago Bears and Austin Barnard spent the season on the injured reserve list with the Tennessee Titans.