Player Spotlight: Chris Godwin

Player Spotlight: Chris Godwin

True sophomore wide receiver Chris Godwin, who hails from Middletown, Del., has been turning heads since the start of the 2015 season.

It is impossible not to notice the speed and agility that the 6’1, 208 pound, wide receiver brings to each and every game.

“If you had a list of characteristics that you were looking for, body type, speed, hands, maturity, intelligence…all those types of things, he’s going to have a checkbox,” commented Head Coach James Franklin in reference to Godwin’s exponential growth as a player thus far this year.

This week, Godwin was named Ironman of the Week by the Iron Workers Local Union No.3 “for his persistent efforts in the road contest at Ohio State.” During that game, Godwin caught three passes for 103 yards, and currently leads Penn State with 493 receiving yards this season.

Godwin was a four-year letterman at Middletown High School as a wide receiver. In 2012, Godwin was named as the Delaware Gatorade State Player of the year for catching 42 balls, notching 834 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Godwin was also all-state and led Middletown High School to becoming state championships as a junior. Godwin was the only sophomore to make first team in 2014 Under Armour All-American game selection.

This season, Godwin has 628 yards and two touchdowns. Godwin’s incredible game against Maryland this past weekend accounted for one of his touchdowns – a one handed catch that allowed him to crash into the end zone, putting Penn State on the scoreboard.

Chris Godwin’s full name is Rod Christopher Godwin, and he has three siblings: two sisters and a brother.

Off the field, Godwin values spending his free time with his family and his longtime girlfriend. To unwind after his stellar performances, Godwin says he enjoys playing videogames.

With a slew of challenging conference games left in the 2015 season, the Lions will place a lot of faith in Godwin’s speed and intuition on the field. An example of achieving greatness through hard work, fans and students can look forward to many more games in which Godwin blows by the competition in true Nittany Lion fashion.