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Charles Godfrey, CB

Height: 6-0 | Weight: 207 | College: Iowa
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An unheralded player with the versatility to play any position in the secondary, Charles Godfrey emerged as one of the few bright spots on the Hawkeyes' defense in 2007.

Facing some of the best receivers in the country, his main pass coverage assignments accounted for just 15 receptions for 117 yards (7.8-yard average) and no touchdowns during his final season at Iowa.

Godfrey flew under the radar for most of his college career, but the Iowa coaching staff regarded him as a vital cog in the Hawkeyes' defensive scheme. He began playing for the Hawkeyes as a reserve free safety, shifting to strong safety as a sophomore. With the departure of the entire Iowa secondary after the 2005 campaign, Godfrey shifted to right cornerback as a junior, starting at that position during his final two seasons.

Godfrey earned first-team All-Greater Houston and All-Conference as a senior at Robert E. Lee High School, along with Class 5A honorable mention All-State. He was named Defensive Player of the Year as a senior and selected to play in the Global Junior All-Star Game and the Bayou Bowl. He led his team to an 11-2 record, as he recorded 90 tackles, two interceptions, six pass break-ups and two blocked punts as a senior. He also returned kicks and had a 31.5 yard average.

The brother of former Kansas State star quarterback El Roberson, Godfrey rejected a scholarship offer from the Wildcats to enroll at Iowa in 2004. One of three true freshmen to letter, he appeared 11 games behind Sean Considine (Philadelphia) at free safety, posting 10 tackles (seven solo) while recovering two fumbles.

In 2005, Godfrey shifted to strong safety, starting twice at that position while also filling in at free safety vs. Illinois. He registered 35 tackles (27 solo) with a stop for a loss in 11 games, as he also caused one fumble, earning Reggie Roby Special Teams Player of the Year honors.

Godfrey shifted to right cornerback in 2006, but still excelled on special teams with the punt team. The team's Special Teams Hustle Award winner posted 83 tackles (61 solo), the third-best total on the team. He had two stops for losses, a forced fumble, one fumble recovery and two interceptions. He also broke up five passes.

As a senior right cornerback, Godfrey garnered All-American honorable mention and All-Big Ten Conference second-team accolades. He started all 12 games, ranking fifth on the squad with 65 tackles (42 solo) and a stop for a loss. He intercepted five passes and broke up nine others.

In 47 games at Iowa, Godfrey earned 28 starting assignments, with 25 coming at right cornerback, two at strong safety and one at free safety. He recorded 193 tackles (137 solos) with four stops for losses of six yards, three fumble recoveries and a pair of forced fumbles. He deflected 14 passes and gained 38 yards on seven interception returns.


Positives: Has decent muscle definition for a cornerback, but can also add at least another 10 pounds of bulk without the added weight affecting his foot speed for a possible move to safety … Very physical hitter who likes to provide run support … Has good arm length and elevation, along with the timing to compete for jump balls and knows how to reach around the receiver to disrupt and break up the pass at its high point … Hard worker in the weight room who takes well to hard coaching … Has good eyes for recognizing pocket movement, but still needs to do a better job of making plays with his back to the ball … Hard wrap-up tackler who keeps his pad level down, but must reduce the times he takes a side rather than driving through with his hits (likes to arm tackle) … Has a better feel playing in the zone than in deep man coverage, as his timed speed lets him get to plays in front of him with good timing and burst … Likes to bang heads when coming up to fill rush lanes, avoiding blocks to close with good urgency … Has developed better hand-eye coordination and will extend and pluck the ball outside his frame (would trap the ball before, leading to more deflections than interceptions) … Takes good angles to impact the outside rushing attack and push those plays back inside … Has the ability to drive through ballcarriers, as he consistently attacks the outside leg to impede forward progress (does this well in closed quarters, but for some reason, in the open, he prefers to grab and drag down) … Has the eyes to read and jump routes, but needs to stay in control and not try to punish the receiver when doing this (likes to shove and push) … Strong enough in the press to take the receiver out of his game … His poor hip snap will see him lose some position when turning, but in plays in front of him, he has the burst to close … Not as reckless jumping routes playing the zone as he does in man coverage … Has the body control to adjust to the thrown ball and while his timed speed says he can carry receivers down field, he needs to improve his plant-and-drive skills, along with his turning motion to be more effective there … Explosive leaper who likes to combat for jump balls … Has the strength and physicality in his play to turn runs back inside and while he can avoid blocks in traffic, he also has the hand jolt to stop blockers in their tracks.

Negatives: Needs to play with better control, as he gets too reckless, resulting in a high amount of costly interference penalties … Has very good timed speed, but shows sloppy footwork in transition and might be best bulking up and shifting to safety, as he plays downhill better than he does when having to shadow and trail receivers into the deep secondary … Still learning proper hand placement technique, often flagged for jabbing and grabbing with his hands throughout the route's progression (must do a better job of mirroring without hand contact) … Must refine his backpedal technique, as he doesn't get good knee bend and will take false steps out of his breaks … Does not always play up to his timed speed, as he fails to open his hips and turn fluidly … Showed better reaction skills as a senior, but might have deep vision problems, as he will look very surprised as the ball comes right into his view late … Decent wrap-up tackler, but needs to stay lower in his pads and drive harder with his legs when asked to step up and impact the running game (will sometimes take a side or try to arm tackle) … Despite his timed speed, a lack of fluid hip snap and change-of-direction skills makes him late coming out of his turns and he fails to show the recovery burst to get back into the play when a receiver gets behind him.

Compares To: TANARD JACKSON-Tampa Bay … Like Jackson and Alabama's Simeon Castille, Godfrey might be a better fit as a free safety than at cornerback. He made great strides in his coverage skills as a senior, but just seems more comfortable in run support and playing the ball than covering a receiver one-on-one. He is too aggressive at the corner position and the result has been a high amount of interference calls. He has excellent timed speed, but with stiff hips and a marginal backpedal, it is negated by the false steps and poor turning agility he shows in transition. Move him inside, where he can play downhill, and you get better value.

Career Notes

Godfrey's five interceptions in 2007 were the most by an Iowa player since Jovon Johnson had six pass thefts during the 2003 season.

2007 Season

All-American honorable mention by Pro Football Weekly … All-Big Ten Conference second-team pick by the league's coaches … Recipient of the Coaches Appreciation Award, defense, as he started all 12 games at right cornerback … Ranked fifth on the team with 65 tackles (42 solo), including a stop for a three-yard loss … Deflected nine passes and ranked third in the conference with five interceptions for 33 yards in returns … His main pass coverage assignment caught a total of 15 passes for 117 yards (7.8-yard average) vs. Godfrey, who saw a total of 40 balls caught in his area for 298 yards (7.45 avg) … Did not allow any touchdown receptions.

2007 Game Analysis

Northern Illinois … Godfrey opened the season in explosive fashion, killing a pair of scoring drives, including one at the goal-line with key interceptions, as he posted seven tackles (5 solos) and broke up a pass as the defense allowed just 21 rushing yards and 235 yards total offense … Picked off a Dan Nicholson pass at the Iowa 35 to kill a late first quarter series … At the start of the second half, he intercepted a Nicholson toss on second-&-goal at the Iowa 3, returning the ball 25 yards … He also broke up Nicholson's third-&-4 toss to Matt Simon later in the third frame, forcing NIU to punt … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#7-Britt Davis (6:02-207)-Caught one pass for 21 yards vs. Godfrey (cornerback allowed a total of five catches for 38 yards in his area for the game).

Syracuse … Did not record any tackles, but also prevented any passes from being completed in his area, as the defense allowed just 24 rushing yards and 103 yards total offense … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#7-Donte Davis (6:00-169)-Did not catch any passes.

Iowa State … Godfrey collected six tackles (5 solos), including one that stopped J.J. Bass on a third-&-13 run that netted just 3 yards, forcing an ISU punt with 0:07 left in the first half, but the right cornerback was also called for pass interference and the penalty yardage set up an ISU first quarter 21-yard field goal … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#1-Todd Blythe (6:05-209)-Caught one pass for 9 yards vs. Godfrey (cornerback allowed a total of five catches for 33 yards in his area for the game).

Wisconsin … The right cornerback delivered three solo tackles and broke up a third-&-3 Tyler Donovan pass intended for Marc Randle El, forcing a Badgers punt in the first quarter … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#14-Kyle Jefferson (6:05-195)-Caught one pass for 7 yards vs. Godfrey (cornerback allowed a total of two catches for 11 yards in his area for the game).

Indiana … Godfrey had his third interception for the season, as he totaled seven tackles (4 solos) … Late in the first quarter, he picked off a Kellen Lewis pass in the end zone for a 4-yard return … In the fourth quarter, he was charged with pass interference on a third-&-2 toss to Andrew Means … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#13-Andrew Means (6:00-215)-Caught two passes for 17 yards vs. Godfrey (cornerback allowed a total of five catches for 37 yards in his area for the game).

Penn State … The Hawkeye defender posted six tackles (5 solos), including one that stopped Derrick Williams on a late second quarter 2-yard punt return … He also picked off a third-&-4 Anthony Morelli pass for a 2-yard return early in the fourth quarter … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#3-Deon Butler (5:10-168)-Caught two passes for 52 yards vs. Godfrey (cornerback allowed a total of three catches for 64 yards in his area for the game).

Illinois … Godfrey was in on six tackles, assisting on a pair of stops behind the line of scrimmage as the defense allowed the top rushing team in the league gain just 137 net yards and 287 yards total offense … Tackled Daniel Dufrene for a 2-yard loss on a third-&-2 carry late in the second quarter and stopped tailback Rashard Mendenhall for a 4-yard loss on a second-&-goal run to start the second half … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#21-Kyle Hudson (5:11-167)-Caught one pass for 6 yards vs. Godfrey (cornerback allowed a total of two catches for 16 yards in his area for the game).

Purdue … The defender made four solo tackles and broke up two passes, but was charged with pass interference on a third-&-9 toss at the start of the second quarter … He made up for that miscue by knocking down a third-&-5 Curtis Painter pass in the third quarter, forcing a Purdue punt … He also killed a fourth quarter series when he chased Kory Sheets out of bounds on a third-&-2 run that netted just one yard … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#1-Selwyn Lymon (6:04-215)-Caught one pass for 7 yards vs. Godfrey (cornerback allowed a total of two catches for 13 yards in his area for the game).

Michigan State … Godfrey produced a season-high twelve tackles (9 solos) and a pass break-up … He chased down QB Brian Hoyer on a 23-yard bootleg early in the second quarter, as he also stopped tailback Javon Ringer for no gain on another run during that series … Late in the fourth quarter, MSU had to punt after the cornerback knocked a third-&-1 pass out of the hands of receiver Devin Thomas … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#6-Mark Dell (6:02-187)-Did not catch any passes … #5-Devin Thomas (6:02-214)-Covered Thomas in the fourth quarter only, allowing three catches for 27 yards (corner-back allowed a total of six catches for 55 yards in his area for the game).

Northwestern … Godfrey had a rough day with penalty flags, as he was twice called for pass interference, including one on the game's opening drive that led to Tyrell Sutton's 2-yard touchdown run, as the right cornerback posted five tackles (3 solos) and picked off a pass … He tackled Eric Peterman for a 1-yard loss on a mid first quarter punt return and intercepted a C.J. Bacher third quarter pass for a 2-yard return, setting up an 8-yard scoring run by Iowa's Damian Sims … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#10-Eric Peterman (6:01-200)-Caught one pass for 7 yards vs. Godfrey (cornerback allowed a total of four catches for 47 yards in his area for the game).

Minnesota … The right cornerback had four tackles and a career-high four pass break-ups … He deflected a third-&-4 Adam Weber pass early in the first quarter to force a Gopher punt … At the start of the second quarter, Minnesota again punted after Godfrey knocked down Weber's third-&-5 attempt to get the ball to Ernie Wheelwright … That receiver saw Godfrey bat another third-&-8 pass out of the Gopher's hands to generate another punt in the fourth quarter … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#1-Ernie Wheelwright (6:05-216)-Caught one pass for 5 yards vs. Godfrey (cornerback allowed a total of three catches for 19 yards in his area for the game).

Western Michigan … Godfrey closed out his career with five tackles … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#7-Herb Martin (6:02-187)-Caught one pass for 11 yards vs. Godfrey (cornerback allowed a total of three catches for 18 yards in his area for the game).

2006 Season

Godfrey earned the team's Hustle Award, special teams, taking over right cornerback duties, as he finished third on the team with a career-high 83 tackles (61 solo), including two stops for losses of two yards … Caused and recovered a fumble … Deflected five passes and intercepted two others for five yards in returns.

2006 Game Analysis

Recorded four solo tackles and two assists vs. Montana … Posted two solo tackles vs. Syracuse … Added eight solo tackles and one pass breakup in the Iowa State clash … Had two solo tackles and two pass breakups vs. Illinois … Registered a season-high 12 tackles (five solo) vs. Ohio State and recorded four solo tackles and one assist vs. Purdue, along with collecting first career interception … Delivered four solo tackles, one assisted tackle and one pass breakup vs. Indiana … Registered nine tackles, including seven solo stops vs. Michigan … Was in on seven stops as the defense allowed just 196 yards in the Northern Illinois contest … Registered nine tackles vs. Northwestern, including four solo stops and had a five-yard interception return that led to Iowa's only scoring drive … Posted five solo tackles vs. Wisconsin, along with one forced fumble and one pass break-up … Had five tackles vs. Minnesota, including three solo stops … Delivered seven tackles (six solo) vs. Texas in Alamo Bowl, as he also had two tackles for loss and recovered a fumble on special teams vs. Longhorns.

2005 Season

Named the team's Reggie Roby Special Teams Player of the Year … Played in 11 games, starting vs. Illinois at free safety and vs. Ohio State and Purdue at strong safety … Recorded 35 tackles (27 solo) with a stop for a one-yard loss and caused one fumble.

2005 Game Analysis

Saw action in opening win over Ball State, recording four solo tackles … Added two solo stops vs. Iowa State and five tackles vs. Northern Iowa … Started at strong safety at Ohio State, posting six solo tackles and one forced fumble … Started at free safety vs. Illinois, recording eight solo tackles … Started at strong safety vs. Purdue, registering two solo tackles and four assists, including one tackle for loss, before leaving the game in the second half with an ankle sprain that kept him out of the Indiana game … Returned to action vs. Michigan, but had no statistics … Totaled two tackles vs. Minnesota, as the defense held the top rushing team in the nation to 129 net yards … Saw action in the Outback Bowl vs. Florida, recording one solo tackle.

2004 Season

Recipient of the team's Next Man In Award, special teams … Played in eleven games as a reserve at both safety positions, seeing most of his action on special teams and at free safety … Recorded ten tackles (7 solos) and tied for fifth in the Big Ten Conference with two fumble recoveries.

2004 Game Analysis

Saw the first action of his career in a win over Iowa State, playing primarily on special teams, as he recorded one solo tackle … In the Michigan State clash, he made three solo tackles and one assist, as he also recovered a muffed punt at the MSU 2-yard line to set up the final Iowa touchdown in a 38-16 win … Posted two solo tackles and recovered a fumbled punt in the first quarter that led to a field goal and 10-0 Iowa advantage vs. Purdue … Saw action in the Capital One Bowl win over Louisiana State, but had no statistics.

Injury Report

2005: Missed the final quarter of the Purdue game (10/18) and the entire Indiana game (10/15) with a high ankle sprain.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.3 in the 40-yard dash … 310-pound bench press … 34-inch vertical jump … 31-inch arm length … 9 1/4-inch hands … Right-handed … 11/28 Wonderlic score.

Combine: 4.47 in the 40-yard dash … Bench pressed 225 pounds 14 times.

High School

Attended Robert E. Lee (Baytown, Tex.) High School, playing football for head coach Dick Olin … Earned first-team All-Greater Houston and All-Conference as a senior, along with Class 5A honorable mention All-State … Named Defensive Player of the Year as a senior and selected to play in the Global Junior All-Star Game and the Bayou Bowl … Led his team to an 11-2 record, as he recorded 90 tackles, two interceptions, six pass breakups and two blocked punts as a senior … Also returned kicks and had a 31.5-yard average.


Health and Sport Studies major … Son of Alice Carter and El Roberson … Older brother, El Roberson, played quarterback at Kansas State … Born 11/15/85 … Resides in Baytown, Texas.


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