Apollos wide receiver Godfrey using his versatility to try and win a spot

Apollos wide receiver Godfrey using his versatility to try and win a spot

 

By Tom Alexander

SAN ANTONIO — Not many wide receivers can throw the ball more than 60 yards, but Jeff Godfrey can. The University of Central Florida (UCF) product is in training camp as a wide receiver, but that doesn’t mean he can’t get under center if he needs to.

Godfrey grew up in Miami, where he was a star dual-threat quarterback at Miami Central High School, breaking county records and becoming a sought-after recruit. He won the starting quarterback job at UCF as a true freshman in 2010, leading the Knights to a Conference USA championship. Stiff competition came as a sophomore, and ultimately, Blake Bortles would take the reigns at QB, but Godfrey transitioned to receiver and became a key part of the offense.

He’s had brushes with the pros before. “I’ve been away from the game since 2014 when I was with Houston,” Godfrey said. “I was there for training camp and I … got cut on the last cut.”

Since then he’s been coaching high school football back home in Miami, and raising his two children.

That doesn’t mean he gave up throwing.

“I’ve been working on receiver because that’s what got me here,” Godfrey said. “I’m ready to go win. If they put me at quarterback I can still throw the rock, still make the reads, still know the offense. I’m just ready for here and ready to do whatever I need to do to get the W for the team.”

Just for fun, Godfrey unleashed a 60-plus yard throw during the Apollos first practice of training camp, and says he can get it up to 70 if he warms up his arm. He performed well in one-on-one drills Saturday and the 27-year-old brings a veteran presence to camp as one of the older players on the roster.

His ability to know the offense and play multiple roles could prove valuable to Head Coach Steve Spurrier and his staff as they take aim on the inaugural Alliance of American Football championship. The Apollos resume practices Monday, preparing for February 9, when Orlando hosts the Atlanta Legends for the first game of The Alliance, airing nationally on CBS.