Georgia State's Penny Hart will represent Panthers in 2019 Senior Bowl

The GSU WR caught over 200 passes and scored 19 TD with Panthers

John and Hugh
January 18, 2019 - 11:58 am

© Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

Categories: 

With three opportunities to showcase their talents to NFL executives, coaches and scouts in the coming weeks, players like Georgia State receiver Penny Hart plans to give his best effort as he looks to reach the next level.

“I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to play this game, and I thank God for this situation and I believe everything is going to go well," he told The Morning Show hosts John Fricke and Hugh Douglas on Friday.

The 5-foot-8 Hart wrapped up his redshirt junior season with fewer numbers from the previous year, but that wasn't all his fault.  The Panthers had a very successful 2017 season, finishing with a 7-5 record and first-ever bowl win (Cure Bowl), but struggled to a 2-10 season this past year.  He finished his GSU campaign with 203 receptions and 19 touchdowns, grabbing a career-best 74 passes as a junior, but only 49 as a senior.

When asked if there was a team he wanted to play for, Hart didn't care, saying that he followed stars like Michael Vick and Devin Hester growing up.  When Douglas tried to get him to give him one team, Hart stayed firm in his desire to play on any team that’s interested in having him.

Proficient in the kick-return game, Hart averaged 18.8 yards over his career in punt returns and 12.5 yards per game in kickoff returns.  

“A lot of people return punts, but I always want to be great and wanting that at all times," he added. "I’m not going to stop and I’ve been through a few things in the football game, and it puts huge boulders on my shoulders to be the best I can be.”

He will play on the North team in next week’s game, and expects to get an invite to the NFL Combine real soon.  But first, it's the Senior Bowl and you can watch Hart and the other prospects on Jan. 26 at 2:30 ET on the NFL Network.