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Offense Or Defense? Some Assistants Benefit From Doing Both

Iowa tight ends coach Abdul Hodge talks with tight end Sam LaPorta (84) before an NCAA college football game against Iowa State, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022, in Iowa City, Iowa. Hodge, a former all-Big Ten linebacker who had coached on defense until this season, says moving to offense is like learning a different language. Hodge is one of six Big Ten position coaches who switched this season from offense to defense, or vice versa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Iowa tight ends coach Abdul Hodge talks with tight end Sam LaPorta (84) before an NCAA college football game against Iowa State, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022, in Iowa City, Iowa. Hodge, a former all-Big Ten linebacker who had coached on defense until this season, says moving to offense is like learning a different language. Hodge is one of six Big Ten position coaches who switched this season from offense to defense, or vice versa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

(AP) -- Abdul Hodge was a three-time, all-Big Ten linebacker who played the position in the NFL and spent the last three years coaching future linebackers at South Dakota.

Yet the former Iowa star now is working on the other side of the ball as he returns to his alma mater and coaches the Hawkeyes’ fullbacks and tight ends. Hodge compares the new assignment to learning a different language.