While Penn State may not be meeting Wisconsin until the 2024 college football season, an away game in Madison, Wisconsin, the Nittany Lions could be facing off with a former star then.
Former Penn State wide receiver Bobby Engram is being targeted by Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst as the Badgers’ next offensive coordinator, ESPN’s Tom VanHaaren and Jamison Hensley reported.
Engram worked on Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst's staff at Pitt in 2012 and 2013.
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Engram has served as the Baltimore Ravens tight ends coach since the 2018 season, previously serving as the Ravens wide receivers coach since 2014. He spent a couple of seasons as Pitt’s wide receivers coach while Chryst was Pitt’s head coach in the early 2010s.
Engram spent four seasons as a Nittany Lions under former head coach Joe Paterno, named as an All-American wide receiver from 1993-95 and named the inaugural Biletnikoff Award winner in 1994.
With 167 receptions for 3,026 yards and 31 touchdowns (averaging a robust 18.1 yards per reception), he ranks fifth in career receptions and first in career receiving yards and touchdowns.
A second round draft pick in the 1996 NFL Draft, Engram went on to have a productive NFL career in which he racked up 7,751 receiving yards and 35 touchdowns on 650 receptions and returned two kickoffs for touchdowns. After retiring in 2009, he broke into coaching as an assistant with the San Francisco 49ers in 2011.
With his familiarity with Chryst and Big Ten football, Engram would likely be able to immediately step in and take a load off Chryst — who lost former top offensive assistant Joe Rudolph to Virginia Tech.