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How Eric Ebron helped create one the draft’s top tight end prospects

March 17th, 2017 at 10:39 AM
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Bucky Hodges was one of the country’s top pocket quarterbacks when he enrolled at Virginia Tech in 2013. Rivals ranked him 10th overall. But like so many true freshmen quarterbacks, he spent that first season redshirting.

And then one week, Virginia Tech was getting ready to face a really good pass-catching tight end. So good, in fact, Virginia Tech didn’t have anybody to simulate him in practice.

So Bud Foster, the Hokies’ defensive coordinator, approached the 6-foot-6 Hodges about the gig for the week.

“He said I could emulate his game a lot,” Hodges said recently at the NFL combine. “So he asked me if I’d be cool playing tight end that week.”

Then a funny thing happened. Hodges, a freshman quarterback who hadn’t played that season, started burning the No. 1 defense. No prior experience, no idea what he was doing whatsoever. And he was killing people.

“I made a lot of crazy plays that I remember,” Hodges said.

Hodges also remembers the name of that …

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