PSU news by
Penn State's student blog



Coaches, Players Relish Chris Godwin’s Transition To NFL On ‘Hard Knocks’

For young men playing for a major Division I program, it’s common for some of their peers to continue playing at the next level in the NFL. What’s not as common, however, is the opportunity to watch the transition up close and personal — as close as one can get while not actually being at an NFL training camp.

That’s the opportunity Penn State coaches and players have had with former Nittany Lion standout wide receiver Chris Godwin, who’s been featured on the award-winning documentary series Hard Knocks with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Godwin’s emerged as a budding star in training camp, with circus catches becoming the norm for the rookie wide receiver. From an outside perspective, one might assume Godwin’s former teammates are just as surprised as the rest of the Hard Knocks fanbase at the rookie’s early form. But, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

“Chris is having a phenomenal camp for Tampa Bay right now — if you follow them on social media, every day they’re posting something,” said Josh Gattis, Godwin’s position coach at Penn State. “I talk to Chris quite a bit; he’s comfortable down there, and he’s a very talented receiver. He’s exactly what we told him he was going to be — a guy that can come in day one and make an impact.”

Gattis isn’t lying — Godwin became a regular on Tampa Bay’s twitter account during OTA’s and training camp with highlight-reel grabs Penn State fans grew to know and love.

The videos speak for themselves — Godwin could very easily become Jameis Winston’s new favorite target if he keeps this up in the regular season.

Godwin’s quarterback, Trace McSorley, echoed Gattis’ sentiments when asked about his own favorite receiver in 2016.

“We’ve definitely been watching it, we’ll all gather in someone’s room and watch it together on HBO,” McSorley said. “It’s been really cool, and he’s extremely deserving. It’s really not surprising to anyone here how well he’s doing, but we’re so happy for him and we wish him the best.”

The Buccaneers open up the regular season on September 10 on the road against Miami, where Godwin could see action against cornerbacks Xavien Howard and former Philadelphia Eagle Byron Maxwell.

About the Author

David Abruzzese

David is a senior from Rochester, NY, nestled right in beautiful Western New York. He is majoring in Broadcast Journalism, and as an avid sports fan, he passionately supports the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. He is the first Penn Stater from his family, and couldn’t be prouder to represent Penn State University. In his free time, he likes to alpine ski, and play golf. You can follow him on Twitter @abruz11, and can contact him via email at [email protected]


More by David

So Long, And Goodnight: David Abruzzese’s Senior Column

It’s been a hell of a ride, folks. Senior staffer David Abruzzese rides off into the sunset with his senior column.

Saquon Barkley Mum On NFL Future; Relishes Fiesta Bowl Opportunity

DOTD: Nittany Lion Catches Pass At Fiesta Bowl


Shea Moyer Lifts Penn State Women’s Soccer Past West Virginia 1-0

Sophomore midfielder Shea Moyer scored the game-winning goal in the 80th minute of a rainy season opener at Jeffrey Field.

Penn State Women’s Soccer Poised For Strong 2018 Season

Incoming Penn State Track & Field Athlete Kristian Marche Shot To Death In Philadelphia

Former Women’s Gymnastics Coach Files Lawsuit Against Penn State Over Handling Of Abuse Allegations

Men’s Soccer Trio, Reading United Win PDL Eastern Conference Title, Fall Short Of National Championship

Student Life

Start The Semester Off Right With These Welcome Week Activities

Don your brightly-colored college shirt and officially begin your Penn State career with these Welcome Week activities.

Nike Releases New Penn State Sneakers

Penn State Parking Office Runs Into Student Permit Purchase Issues

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

Join Onward State: Fall 2018 Application

Onward State is hiring for the fall semester and we’d love to have you join us.

Start The Semester Off Right With These Welcome Week Activities

Don your brightly-colored college shirt and officially begin your Penn State career with these Welcome Week activities.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Assessing Penn State’s Front Seven Following Tuesday’s Medical Retirements

Penn State’s defensive line rotation will be shaken up following Ryan Buchholz’s medical retirement from football, while the coaching staff is letting the linebackers duel it out during camp.

Send this to a friend