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  Simba Hodari
Simba Hodari

Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Worthington, Ohio

High School:
Watterson

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 208

Position:
SS

At Stanford: Fifth-year senior will compete for the starting spot at strong safety ... He has been Stanford's #2 strong safety and a key member of special teams the past two seasons ... Three-year letter-winner ... Very experienced defensive back who has played an integral role for the Cardinal the past two seasons ... Has continued to improve and learn the strong safety position and 2001 may be the season he breaks into the starting lineup.

Coaches' Comments: "Simba may be the most improved player in the secondary. He has continued to learn the system and become more consistent. I look at Simba as someone who can become a starter and be one of our key players on defense in 2001." - secondary coach Denny Schuler

The 2000 Season:A key reserve in the Cardinal's secondary ... Backup strong safety and special teams player who played in all 11 games ... Registered 24 total tackles, including two tackles-for-loss and two quarterback sacks ... Also had one pass break-up ... Had a sack vs. both USC and Cal ... Earned his third varsity letter ... Had season-high five tackles vs. Cal in The Big Game.

The 1999 Season: Stanford's #2 strong safety behind Tim Smith ... Also played on special teams ... Had three unassisted and four assisted tackles on the season ... Earned his second varsity letter.

The 1998 Season: Moved from cornerback to safety ... Played both free and strong safety ... Finished the year starting the last four games at strong safety ... Registered 43 total tackles and three tackles-for-loss ... Had 30 tackles in his four starts, including nine vs. UCLA, six (one tackle-for-loss) vs. USC, eight (one tackle-for-loss) vs. Washington State and seven vs. Cal. The 1997 Season: Redshirted the '97 season as a true freshman cornerback.

In High School: Played quarterback and defensive back in high school ... PrepStar named him to their All-Big-10 Region team as an athlete ... He passed for over 700 yards (five TDs) and rushed for 680 (nine TDs) while also recording 70 tackles, five forced fumbles, and four interceptions ... Captured First-Team All-State, All-League and All-Metro honors as a defensive back ... Named to the "Super 25" team in his district as a quarterback ... Selected First-Team All-League as a junior while playing quarterback, wide receiver and defensive back ... Played two years of varsity baseball in HS, and the leadoff hitting centerfielder led his team to the state championship in his senior season.

Personal Information: Political Science major ... Comes from a football family ... His father, Wilton Martin (Ajili Hodari), played football at Michigan State ... His brother, Kafele, played football at Division III Grinnell College while another brother, Rashidi, recently concluded his collegiate football career at Army.

Hodari's Career Statistics

Year

UT

AT

TT

Sack/Yds

TFL/Yds

Int

1998

23

20

43

0/0

3/7

0

1999

3

4

7

0/0

0/0

0

2000

17

7

24

2/12

2/12

0

Totals

43

31

74

2/12

5/19

0


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