Buccaneers Draft Penn WR Justin Watson


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This Pennsylvania native has become one of the most productive receivers in FCS history, covering over 1,000 yards receiving in each of the last three seasons. Watson was not offered scholarships by major programs (despite finishing in the top five in state history in receiving yards and touchdowns) until he committed to Penn, and he stuck with the Quakers even after ACC and Big Ten schools came calling. As a freshman, Watson contributed heavily in a reserve role (42 catches, 497 yards, two touchdowns in 10 games). He was a first-team All-Ivy League selection in 2015, finishing as runner-up for the conference's Offensive Player of the Year award (74 catches, 1,082 yards, nine touchdowns receiving; 10 carries, 154 yards, one touchdown rushing). Watson's play started to be noticed on a national level in 2016, as he was named a finalist for the Walter Payton Award as the FCS's top player. He set school records with 89 receptions for 1,115 yards while scoring eight times (23 carries, 133 rushing yards). The Quakers also won the Ivy League title for the second time in three years with Watson on the squad. Not surprisingly, Watson excelled as a senior, again becoming a finalist for the Walter Payton Award, as well as a first-team AP FCS All-American and first-team All-Ivy League selection. He caught 81 passes for 1,083 yards and 14 touchdowns in 10 games.


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