Posted: 3:22 pm Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Godhigh pushing for pro career 

By Ken Sugiura

Robert Godhigh is often compared to Trindon Holliday and Darren Sproles.

Robert Godhigh is often compared to Trindon Holliday and Darren Sproles.

Adam Bakow has been doing his part.
The agent for former Georgia Tech A-back Robert Godhigh has been sending highlight videos and sending reminders to NFL teams that his client will be performing at Tech’s pro day, Friday at the indoor practice building.
The rest will be up to Godhigh, the Yellow Jackets’ undersized playmaker.
“It’s a lot of emotions – nervous, anxious, excited, all those into one, really,” Godhigh said. “Trying to make sure you do your best because it’s really like a job interview. You want to put your best foot forward and show what you’ve got.”
For Godhigh, it is of critical importance to put up standout numbers. His size – 5-foot-7, 190 pounds – is an obvious strike against him. And while his ability to play in space and make defenders miss was obvious, not having video of himself playing in a pro-style offense doesn’t help. (On the flipside, Godhigh might not have had the chances to make as many plays as he did in the Tech offense.) He had the chance to do that in the College All-Star Bowl in Greenville, S.C., a lower-tier pre-draft showcase, but the February snowstorm limited Godhigh and former Tech teammates Will Jackson and Jay Finch to just one practice before the game. Godhigh had the game’s longest reception, a 45-yarder.
“It was weird, but we made it work,” Godhigh said.
Friday, Godhigh can help himself best by putting up numbers that will send scouts back to the film room to study him more. In the 40-yard dash, Godhigh said he thinks he can run a time of 4.5 seconds or faster. In the 20-yard shuttle – a drill that tests quickness and change of direction – he said he thinks he can be between 4.0 and 4.2 seconds. In the bench press (repetitions at 225 pounds), he said he can crank out more than 20 reps easily.
At the recent NFL draft combine, only nine running backs ran under 4.50. In the 20-yard shuttle, there were eight running backs between 4.0 and 4.20. In the bench press, seven running backs put up more than 20 reps on the bench press.
The numbers of two players Godhigh is often compared to, return specialist Trindon Holliday (listed at 5-5, 161 coming out of LSU) and running back Darren Sproles (5-7, 170):
Holliday – 4.34 (40), 4.48 (shuttle), 10 (bench press).
Sproles – 4.47, 3.96, 23.
Sproles was drafted in the fourth round by San Diego in 2005. Holliday was taken in the sixth round of the 2010 draft by Houston. A significant difference, though, was that both were likely easier to project. Holliday was a return specialist who was an NCAA 100-meter dash champion. Sproles led the nation in rushing at Kansas State as a junior in 2003 and was fifth in Heisman Trophy balloting. Godhigh did not return kicks and, while highly productive, played a hybrid position as an A-back.
Bakow suspects Godhigh’s path into the NFL – if there is one – is as an undrafted free agent.
“Robbie, he’s an explosive player and he’s kind of got that skillset to be a kick return specialist type guy, a big playmaker,” Bakow said. “We’re hoping what he shows in his pro day and the little he showed at the College All-Star Bowl, as well, will be enough to get teams interested in him.”
The Canadian Football League may be a more likely immediate option. Bakow said four or five teams have contacted him about Godhigh. He has a private workout with a CFL team, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, on Saturday. Typically, American players coming out of college will end up in the CFL if they go undrafted and unsigned as free agents.
“Robbie’s like most guys,” Bakow said.”He just wants to play football. However he can make that happen, he’s going to make it happen.”
The CFL-to-NFL route is not exactly well-worn, but it happens.
“I’m open to it,” Godhigh said. “It’s a chance to play professionally and you always have to have a backup plan, so if that were to happen, I would go to that backup plan and try my hand in that.”
Godhigh has been preparing for Friday at DSA Training in Cobb County while still holding down a job at Barton Executive Search, where he interned during his time at Tech. Godhigh said he has been going to the office around 8 a.m., breaking for a two-hour workout around 10 and then returning to the office after that. Former Tech All-ACC guard Omoregie Uzzi, who also is expected to perform at pro day after not getting signed coming out last year, is among his co-workers.
Godhigh just wants a chance at the NFL.
“That’s really all I’m hoping for,” he said. “I know once you get in there, it’s just football and what you’ve been doing your whole life and working hard and all that. Just having that opportunity is all I’m asking for.”

21 comments
forexbomb
forexbomb

Robbie, use your degree and find a good job!  Your mind and body will last longer....  Great job overcoming the obstacles to play  at GT.. The Pro game is like night and day, but good luck in whatever you decide.  

AlwaysReady
AlwaysReady

Godhigh's ability is equal to Atlanta Falcon Jacquizz Rodgers.


TechTroll13
TechTroll13

I think for Robbie that being in the TO is a benefit not a negative.  He was able to show how he runs in space, his ability to block and pass catching ability.  That would fit his role in the NFL.  He not going to get the ball and plow into the line.  In fact not many backs in the NFL do that anymore.  I think if he gets a chance, he'll do well.

BearCasey
BearCasey

Robert Godhigh is one of my all-time favorite GT players in the 54 years I've followed Tech football.  After watching him move-up from walk-on status to one of the best offensive players in the ACC, I'm not betting against him.  GO ROBBIE!

HarveyPooka
HarveyPooka

Good luck, Robbie.  No matter the outcome of audition to continue playing "a game", Robbie will definitely always be a winner in life.

FreddieBlassie
FreddieBlassie

Here's some bulletin board material for you, Robbie. 

Not a snowball's chance unless you get picked by the right team with the right system for you to do what you did to get you on the field at Tech. Block! Block on the edge and get your butt whipped daily by pro players who don't like you going at their legs in practice. That is the only way that you will get a paycheck in the NFL. You can get your chances to run the ball after you make your bones blocking. Sound familiar? Do it.

D-Sheets
D-Sheets

Best of luck, Mr. Godhigh.  

First, make your family & friends proud,  the rest of us GT fans will take the leftovers. 


Godspeed, Godhigh!

drydirtroad
drydirtroad

The photo of him reveals a rather large center vein in his upper left arm, pushed out by being muscular. That means he is strong. Because of his last name, he should be picked up by the New Orleans Saints in the first round.

Hookedonshortpasses
Hookedonshortpasses

Kenjon Barner, 5-9, 190, RB, Carolina Panthers.  Panthers think his is fast.

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

You never know. NFL is a strange animal. I would never have given D. Thomas a chance after watching him drop some passes on Saturdays. Sure hope Godhigh's dream comes true. He's all heart.

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

He was a helluva player, whether he makes the NFL or not.

crackbaby
crackbaby

Tough to be a running back in today's NFL.

Maybe back in the heyday of the KC Chiefs.  A little guy like Mike Garrett behind a gigantic O-line.  Hope Roddy makes it.  It is a STEEP climb.

POAD2013
POAD2013

If somebody gives him a shot he will work very hard and not disappoint the team that does give him a FA chance.

juvenal
juvenal

can he return punts? very elusive......

JacketMan
JacketMan

While I love Robbie's heart, trying to compare him to Holliday and Sproles is a stretch even for me. Unless Godhigh shocks the world and runs in the 4.4's (low 4.4's), I highly doubt he'll get a serious look in the NFL, and even if he ran that fast and put up 25 reps, he'd probably only get a Free Agent invite.

Sure hope he surprises me because Robbie is a fantastic representation of what GA Tech football is all about - a true student athlete.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

Glad to see him still trying.  Loved watching him on The Flats.

YesIamapirate
YesIamapirate

@crackbaby


Len Dawson, Mike Garrett, Otis Taylor, Willie Lanier, Buck Buchanan, Emmitt Thomas, Bobby Bell, Jim Lynch, Mo Mormon. That was a helluva team.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@MikeBanning @AugustaJacket  10-1 odds he makes some NFL locks look like weaklings on the bench press.  Godhigh is one SERIOUSLY strong guy.  Should someone take a flyer on him, I think they would find a great "scat" back that could definitely be productive.