Because San Diego plays most of its games in the non-scholarship Pioneer League, it’s hard to know exactly how the Toreros would stack up statistically in a conference like the Big Sky.
But going into today’s season finale against San Diego, Cal Poly head coach Tim Walsh was highly complimentary of the Toreros’ offensive skill players, especially running back Jonah Hodges a transfer from Cal.
“They get him the ball in the pass game and the run game, and he returns kicks,” Walsh said. “The guy, he’s a legit player. All five of their skill guys are as good as anybody we’ve played all year.”
With 158.8 all-purpose yards per game, Hodges ranks 10th in the FCS, and his 113.8 rushing yards per game are good enough to rank 15th nationally.
Add in six rushing touchdowns, 18 catches for 124 yards and a 20.4-yard average on kickoff returns, and Hodges has made a huge impact in his first season in San Diego.
The 5-foot-9, 185-pound Hodges may have been able to put up similar stats on a Big Sky team. His scouting report reads similar to runners who have had success in Cal Poly’s triple option.
“You’re going to see a very quick darting little guy that actually has a little bit more power than you would think for his size,” San Diego head coach Dale Lindsey said. “He has been a great addition for us. He’s one of the reasons we are 9-1. He sort of bolstered our offense in the fact that we like running the ball. We’re not a passing offense per se. We like to be in the 50-50 range.
“He really inspires our offensive linemen to block a little bit better. They know if they give him a little bit of a crease, he can do something with it. If you give him some room and some space, he’s really hard to bring down.”