Hodge And Schlueter To Play In All-Star Game

Jan. 1, 2009

FORT WORTH, Texas -- TCU safety Stephen Hodge and center Blake Schlueter will play in the Jan. 31 Texas vs. the Nation All-Star Challenge in El Paso, Texas.

The contest will be played at the Sun Bowl and televised nationally on CBS College Sports.

Hodge was named TCU's Defensive Most Valuable Player in the 17-16 Poinsettia Bowl win over Boise State. The senior from Tatum, Texas, totaled 11 tackles, including three for a loss with one sack. He also recorded his first career interception with 1:47 left in the game to preserve the victory.

A first-team All-Mountain West Conference selection in 2008, Hodge placed second on the Horned Frogs with a career-high 81 tackles. He had a personal-best 12 stops, including one for a loss, in the 32-7 win over BYU. Hodge was a preseason All-American who appeared on watch lists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Jim Thorpe Award.

In 2007, Hodge's eight sacks led the nation for defensive backs.

Schlueter was a three-time All-Mountain West Conference performer. The senior from Ganado, Texas, anchored a TCU offensive line which paved the way for the Frogs to set single-season school records in 2008 with 56 touchdowns and 437 points scored.

A preseason All-American, Schlueter was on the watch list for the Rimington Trophy and Rotary Lombardi Award.

Schlueter holds the TCU weight room record with a squat of 870 pounds.

Former TCU safety and return specialist Brian Bonner played in last year's Texas vs. the Nation All-Star Challenge and eventually signed a free-agent contract with the San Diego Chargers.

Horned Frog tailback Aaron Brown and linebacker Jason Phillips will play in the Jan. 17 East-West Shrine Game in Houston.



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