TU's Watts makes Doak Walker watch list

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Updated: 7/18/2013 7:35 pm Published: 7/18/2013 7:34 pm

Louisville, KY –– University of Tulsa running back Trey Watts is one of 63 college running backs selected to the preseason watch list for the 2013 Doak Walker Award, which is presented to the nation’s top college running back. The award is in its 24th year and is named for SMU’s three-time All-America running back Doak Walker.

Watts, a 5’11”, 200-pound senior, led the Hurricane in rushing with 1,108 yards and three touchdowns last year. He was named the Game MVP and the Offensive MVP of the 2012 AutoZone Liberty Bowl in leading Tulsa to a 31-17 victory over Iowa State. Watts gained 249 all-purpose yards in that game, including a game-high 149 rushing yards. He finished the 2012 season ranked 11th nationally in all-purpose yards with 2,191 yards for an average of 168.5 yards per game. Watts totaled five 200+ all-purpose yard games a year ago.

Watts earned second team all-Conference USA honors as a kick returner and honorable mention accolades as a running back a year ago.
In his career, Watts has seven career 100-yard rushing games, five of which came during the 2012 campaign. He has 4,189 career all-purpose yards in 37 games played for a 113.2- yard average. Watts has caught 58 passes for 757 yards, and totaled 586 kickoff return yards and 154 punt return yards in his career. Watts enters his senior season with 2,186 career rushing yards to rank ninth on the school's all-time rushing chart.
Watts has also been named to the preseason watch lists for the Maxwell Award, given to the nation’s top collegiate player, and the Paul Hornung Award for the most versatile player in college football.

The PwC SMU Athletic Forum Board of Directors will name the semifinalists on November 14, and the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee will cast votes to determine the finalists, who will be announced on November 25. The committee will cast a second vote beginning on December 2 to determine the recipient. The National Selection Committee consists of former NFL All-Pro and college All-America running backs, media members and selected special representatives.

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