Today we continue our annual top ten preseason football players of 2016 list as voted on by the BSD staff. In creating this list, we considered players’ abilities, value to the team and past performance, among other factors. We continue our countdown with the number two player on our list, wide receiver Chris Godwin.
How He Got Here
Despite being from a state, Delaware, that doesn’t tend to produce that many Division I products, Godwin was a highly sought after prospect, landing offers from big-time programs like Ohio State, South Carolina, Virginia Tech and Penn State. After visiting for the 2014 Blue-White game, Godwin made the call for the Nittany Lions, sticking with Penn State through the coaching change of Bill O’Brien to James Franklin.
With the losses of Allen Robinson and Brandon Moseby-Felder, it was no surprise that Godwin didn’t redshirt his first year on campus. And while it took a bit for the Delaware native to get it going, he capped off his freshman campaign with a 7-catch, 140-yard, 1 touchdown game in Penn State’s win against Boston College in the Pinstripe Bowl.
In his sophomore season, Godwin cemented his status as the team’s best receiver, leading the Nittany Lions with 69 receptions and 1,101 receiving yards. In the process, Godwin was named second team All-Big Ten by the media.
What To Expect In 2016
To steal from the Penn State football’s marketing campaign in 2013, Godwin should be taking his game to the next level. After two seasons in subpar offenses, Godwin should really have a chance to shine if the new offense proves competent. There’s really not a lot that he struggles with — he’s sure handed, has the speed and athleticism to make plays down the field, and he’s tremendously strong for a wide receiver, being able to carry defenders for extra yardage.
While Godwin’s numbers may dip slightly because of other wide receivers and tight end Mike Gesicki becoming more involved with the offense, I think we can expect another strong, consistent season from No. 12. Especially early in the season, his and Hamilton’s experience will prove crucial no matter which quarterback is chosen.