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Penn State Football: Godwin Declares For NFL Draft

by on January 05, 2017 8:39 PM

Penn State receiver Chris Godwin will forgo his final year of eligibility and enter the NFL Draft. The two-time All-Big Ten selection announced his decision on Thursday night through his Twitter account.

Godwin ranks in the top-four in program history in receiving yards (2,404) and receiving touchdowns (18).

"It's been an honor and a blessing to have the opportunity to be a part of the Penn State Football family," Godwin said. "I give all the glory to God. I don't know if words can fully express my gratitude to everyone that played a role in me getting to this point. The success I've had is a direct result of my association with the teams and supporting staff that I've had. From Middletown High School to Penn State, I have made relationships that will last a lifetime. Those closest to me know the impact this has had on my growth. The special bond with this team is something I'll hold forever.

"I came to Penn State not only to pursue a degree from the greatest university in the nation, but also to play in the best atmosphere in college football and bring Penn State back to prominence. Through a lot of hard work over the last three years, I'd like to believe that myself and my brothers have successfully accomplished that.

"As a kid from Delaware I could only dream about being in this position. This has been one of the hardest decision in my life, but after praying on it and having many conversations with those I trust the most, I've decided to forego my senior year and declare for the 2017 NFL Draft. I believe this is the best decision for myself and my family. I can't thank my brothers, coaches/support staff and Nittany Nation enough for their constant support throughout my three years here. This year was something special and I'll be forever grateful to have been a part of it."

This past season Godwin finished the year with 59 catches for 982 yards and a Penn State junior-record 11 touchdowns. His receiving touchdowns ranked 22nd in FBS and he was 40th in FBS and third in the Big Ten in receiving yards. He finished the season sixth on Penn State's season receiving yardage list, tied for second in receiving touchdowns and seventh in receptions.

"Chris has been a leader in our wide receivers' room and on this team throughout his Penn State career," Penn State head coach James Franklin said in a statement. "He is one of the top receivers in Penn State history and has made numerous memorable catches throughout his career. We are thankful for all of Chris' contributions to Penn State Football and look forward to seeing him excel on the next level."  

Godwin owns the Penn State records for receptions (9), receiving yards (187) and touchdowns (2) in a bowl game with his effort in the 2017 Rose Bowl game. His 187 yards are fourth in Rose Bowl history and a record for a junior at Penn State. Godwin is the third player in school history to have 1,000 receiving yards in a season, joining Allen Robinson and Bobby Engram, with his performance in the 2015 season.

His 2015 season is second on Penn State's season receiving yards list with 1,101 and fourth in receptions (66).

Godwin joins defensive end Garrett Sickels as the only other Penn State player to announce his intentions to enter the draft.

Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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