WRJustin Watson

Penn — FCS
  • Height: 6025
  • Weight: 213
  • Hometown: Bridgeville, PA
  • Age: 21

Bio

2017 (Senior): 

Honors: STATS FCS first-team All-American … AP third-team All-American … Finalist for STATS FCS Walter Payton Award as FCS Offensive Player of the Year … Finalist for STATS FCS Doris Robinson Award as FCS Student-Athlete of the Year … National Football Foundation William V. Campbell Trophy semifinalist for NFF Scholar-Athlete of the Year … Finalist for Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year … Unanimous first-team All-Ivy … First-team ECAC All-Star … College Football Performance Awards FCS Offensive Player of the Year Watch List … Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Performer of the Year … Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week (November 6)

Records Set: Ivy League Consecutive Games With a Receiving Touchdown (10 – first player in Ivy League history with a receiving TD in all 10 games of a season) … Ivy League Consecutive Games With a Reception (40 – first player in Ivy League history with at least one catch in all 40 potential career games) … Ivy League Career 100-Yard Games (19) … Ivy League Career Receiving Yards in Ivy League Games (2,675) … Penn Single Season Receiving Touchdowns (14) … Penn Career Receptions (286) … Penn Career Receiving Yards (3,777) … Penn Career Receiving Touchdowns (33) … Penn Career All-Purpose Yards (4,116)

Notable Numbers: Led team in receptions (81), receiving yards (1,083) and receiving touchdowns (14) … Accounted for 47.6% of Penn’s total receptions – most of any FCS or FBS wide receiver … Accounted for 50.5% of Penn’s total receiving yards – most of any FCS wide receiver and No. 2 among all FCS/FBS wide receivers … Scored all nine of Penn’s receiving touchdowns in Ivy League play … Scored a touchdown 1 out of every 6.5 times he touched the ball National Rankings: Ranked No. 4 in FCS in receiving touchdowns … Ranked No. 4 in FCS in receptions-per-game (8.1) … Ranked No. 6 in FCS in scoring-per-game (8.6) … Ranked No. 6 in FCS in receiving yards-per-game (108.3) … Ranked No. 11 in FCS in total touchdowns (14) … Ranked No. 13 in FCS in receiving yards – 10 of the 12 players ranked ahead of him played at least one more game … Ranked No. 39 in FCS in all-purpose yards-per-game (113.5)

Game-By Game: Caught eight passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns against Ohio Dominican (9.16) … Caught six passes for 101 yards and a touchdown at Lehigh … Caught six passes for 55 yards and a touchdown versus Dartmouth (9/29) … Had seven catches for 99 yards and two touchdowns at Central Connecticut (10/7) … Caught seven passes for 78 yards and a touchdown at Columbia (10/14) … Caught 10 passes for 120 yards and a touchdown against Yale (10/21) … Had eight catches for 132 yards and two touchdowns at Brown (10/28) … Caught eight passes for 124 yards and the game-winning touchdown with 1:12 to play on Homecoming against Princeton (11/4) … Had eight catches for 48 yards and a touchdown at Harvard (11/11) … Caught 13 passes for 192 yards and a touchdown against Cornell (11/18) … Six of Watson’s 14 touchdowns either tied the game or gave Penn the lead … Watson forced overtime with a 17-yard touchdown reception at Columbia with 1:21 remaining; Watson had three catches for 62 yards on that drive … Watson scored game-winning TD vs. Princeton with 1:12 remaining; Watson had three catches for 46 yards on that drive … Watson had two catches for 47 yards and rushed for three yards on Penn’s game-winning drive against Cornell which resulted in a score with 2:01 to play; Watson’s diving 34-yard catch at the 3-yard line set up the ensuing rushing score and Watson would catch the 2-point conversion which put Penn ahead by seven points … Five of Watson’s 14 touchdowns were 35+ yards scores (36, 44, 54, 59, 80).
 

2016 (Junior): Finalist for Walter Payton Award as FCS Offensive Player of The Year … STATS FCS Doris Robinson Award finalist ... Second-Team STATS FCS All-American … Unanimous First-Team All-Ivy … Finalist for Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year … Two-Time Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week … CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree … FCS Athletic Directors Association Academic All-Star … Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Performer of The Year … Set Penn’s single-season record in reception and receiving yards … Led the Ivy League in receiving yards (1,115) … yards-per-game (111.5), receptions (89) and receiving touchdowns (8) … Led the Ivy League in all-purpose yards (1,248) … Ranked No. 3 in FCS in receptions-per-game (8.9) … No. 4 in FCS in receiving yards-per-game … No. 13 in FCS in total receiving yards … No. 33 in FCS in receiving touchdowns … No. 33 in FCS in all-purpose yard-per-game (124.8) … Had six games with 100+ receiving yards … Caught eight passes for 133 yards and two touchdowns against Lehigh (9/17) … Had nine catches for 67 yards at Dartmouth (9/30) … Had nine catches for 84 yards against Central Connecticut (10/8) … Caught six passes for 114 yards and a touchdown against Columbia (10/15) … Had 10 catches for 166 yards and three touchdowns at Yale (10/21) … Caught 11 passes for 210 yards and one touchdown against Brown (10/29) … Had 12 catches for 82 yards at Princeton (11/5) … Caught 10 passes for 120 yards and the game-winning touchdown with 0:15 remaining against No. 22 Harvard (11/11) … Had 11 catches for 106 yards at Cornell (11/19).

2015 (Sophomore): Third-team STATS FCS All-American … Unanimous first-team All-Ivy … Runner up for Ivy League Offensive Player of Year … Finished with 1,236 all-purpose yards … Led the Ivy League in receptions (74), receiving yards (1,082), and receiving touchdowns (nine) … Ranked No. 5 nationally in receptions and receiving yards per game … Ranked No. 11 nationally in receiving yards … Ranked No. 14 nationally in receiving touchdowns … Ran for 154 yards on 10 carries adding one touchdown … Had 10 catches, 143 yards and one touchdown at Lehigh (9/19) … Caught five passes for 87 yards and two touchdowns at Villanova (9/24) … Named Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week for his work against ‘Nova … Made eight catches for 66 yards and one touchdown against Dartmouth (10/3) … Had six catches for 134 yards and one touchdown against Fordham … Caught eight passes for 105 yards against Yale (10/23) … Had six catches for 122 yards and one touchdown at Brown (10/31) … Season-high 13 catches for 117 yards against Princeton (11/7) … Made seven catches for 149 yards and one touchdown while rushing five times for 100 yards and a touchdown at Harvard (11/14) … Named STATS FCS National Player of the Week and Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts against the Crimson … Had nine catches for 133 yards and two touchdowns against Cornell (11/21). 

2014 (Freshman): Played in all 10 games ... Had multiple catches in every game ... Set freshman record at Penn with 42 receptions and 497 receiving yards, and finished third on the team in both categories ... Also caught two touchdowns ... Season-best six catches in each of the last four games ... Season-long 55-yard catch at Fordham (Oct. 11) ... Caught six passes for 72 yards and a touchdown against Brown (Nov. 1) ... Had six receptions for 76 yards and a touchdown at Princeton (Nov. 8) ... Season-high 77 receiving yards in win at Cornell (Nov. 22) ...

High School: Lettered three years in football and served as team captain as a senior ... Named first-team all-state and all-conference as a senior ... Set league records with 1,568 receiving yards and 22 touchdown receptions in a season (2013), which placed him fourth and third in state history in those categories, respectively ... Selected as 2013 Almanac MVP ... Named to Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 22, Observer Reporter Elite 11 and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette West Fabulous 22 as a senior ... Selected to 2014 Big 33 All Star Game ... Named to 2013 All-Academic Gold team by Pennsylvania Football News ... Member of the winningest class in South Fayette history at 49-6, including 27-1 over his final two seasons with a perfect 16-0 record en route to the 2013 state championship ... Also won three conference titles and two district championships ... Also lettered three years in basketball and served as captain as a senior.

Personal: Son of Terri and Doug Watson ... Enrolled in Wharton.