Chris Godwin Earns Biletnikoff Watch List Honors
The preseason hype train keeps rolling for junior wide receiver Chris Godwin, as the Middletown, Del., native was named to the Fred Biletnikoff Award watch list on Wednesday, an award annually recognizing the nation’s most outstanding receiver.
— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) July 13, 2016
Penn State great Bobby Engram received the inaugural Biletnikoff trophy after his record-breaking season in 1994. Godwin is no stranger to preseason watch lists, as he and sophomore running back Saquon Barkley were recently named as players to keep an eye on for the prestigious Maxwell Award.
Godwin, a former Under Armour All-American, arrived at Penn State as one of the most heralded receiver recruits from the Class of 2014, and immediately proved he was too good to redshirt. Though there were some growing pains for him and fellow classmate Saeed Blacknall, who also played right away as a true freshman, Godwin came into his own this past fall, becoming the Nittany Lions’ most reliable downfield threat in what was otherwise a largely stagnant passing attack.
Godwin’s 1,101 receiving yards in 2015 ranked second in the Big Ten, behind only Michigan State’s Aaron Burbridge, plua he already owns the school record for most receiving yards in bowl-game play after only two seasons (273). Godwin joins Nebraska’s Jordan Westerkamp and Brandon Reilly, as well as Michigan’s Jehu Chesson and Indiana’s Ricky Jones and Simmie Cobbs, Jr. on the Biletnikoff watch list.
Expect big things from the 6-foot-1, 205-pounder in Joe Moorhead’s new spread offense, as he’ll be relied upon as the primary target for either Trace McSorley or Tommy Stevens. The starting trio of Godwin, Blacknall, and DaeSean Hamilton should provide plenty of headaches for opposing defenses this fall.