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Watts rushed for 1,108 yards during Tulsa's 11-3 campaign a year ago
Tulsa looks to defend title in 2013
Watts enters the 2013 season with 2,186 career rushing yards
Tulsa -- A three-year letterwinner and two-year starter . . . has played in 37 career games and has 22 starts . . . has 2,186 career rushing yards and seven TDs on 405 carries for a 5.4 average, while catching 85 passes for 757 yards and five TDs . . . ranks ninth on the school's all-time rushing chart . . . also has 1,068 kickoff return yards and two touchdowns . . . has 4,189 career all-purpose yards for a 113.2 average per game . . . has totaled 14 career touchdowns . . . has seven 100-yard career rushing games . . . a former walk-on athlete . . . has been named to the 2013 preseason watch lists for The Maxwell Award, the Paul Hornung Award and the Doak Walker Award . . . was a Coaches selection to the preseason all-Conference USA team as a punt returner . . . 2012 - Played in 13 games with six starts . . . earned second-team all-C-USA honors as a kick returner and received honorable mention accolades as a running back . . . had 1,108 rushing yards for a 6.0 average on 186 carries . . . averaged 168.5 all-purpose yards . . . had five 200+ all-purpose yard games and five 100+ rushing games . . . was named the Game MVP and the Offensive MVP of the 2012 AutoZone Liberty Bowl after rushing for 149 yards and totaling 249 all-purpose yards in a victory over Iowa State . . . totaled 221 all-purpose yards against UCF in the C-USA Championship game with 134 yards rushing, 54 punt return yards, 22 kickoff return yards and 11 receiving yards . . . was named the NVP of the C-USA Championship game . . . his 54-yard punt return went for a TD to tie the score at 27-27 with 5:06 remaining in the game . . . had 122 rushing yards, 45 kick return yards and 38 receiving yards against UCF for 205 all-purpose yards in the first meeting . . . missed the Rice game with an injury . . . returned in the next game vs. Arkansas and had 81 rushing yards and 53 receiving yards . . . tallied a career-best 255 all-purpose yards against Marshall with 111 rushing yards and 144 yards on 3 kickoff returns . . . had a career-long 95-yard KOR for a touchdown against Marshall . . . had 93 rushing yards, 41 receiving yards and 30 punt return yards against UAB . . . completed his first career pass for a 26-yard TD against Fresno State . . . tallied 92 yards on 12 carries against Tulane . . . had 125 rushing yards, 80 KOR yards and 31 receiving yards for 236 all-purpose yards in season opener at Iowa State . . . 2011 - Played in all 13 games and started 12 contests . . . was put on scholarship before the season . . . earned honorable mention all-Conference USA accolades . . . led the team in all-purpose yards with 1,629 yards for a 125.3 average per game . . . rushed for 881 yards, a 5.6 average and three touchdowns . . . also caught 31 passes for 242 yards and three TDs . . . had 20 kickoff returns for 482 yards . . . had two 100-yard rushing games . . . had a career-best 159 yards on 23 carries vs. #7 Oklahoma State . . . gained 144 yards and one TD with a long run of 58 yards against Marshall . . . tallied 172 yards of total offense against #7 Houston with 62 rushing yards, 24 receiving and 86 on kickoff returns . . . had 254 all-purpose yards at UTEP with 69 rushing, 72 receiving and 113 on kick returns . . . had a career-long 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and a career-long 53-yard reception for a touchdown at UTEP . . . tallied 63 yards for a 7.0 average per carry at UCF . . . had 68 yards and one touchdown rushing and four receptions for 32 yards and one TD against Rice . . . had a team-high 58 yards on six carries for a 9.7 average against North Texas . . . rushed for 60 yards and one TD at #4 Boise State . . . 2010 - Played in 11 games and started four contests . . . missed the Tulane and Notre Dame games with an injury . . . completed the season with 197 rushing yards and one touchdown, while catching 20 passes for 172 yards and two TDs . . . had his first career start in his first collegiate game at East Carolina . . . rushed for 40 yards on 13 carries and caught three passes for 45 yards in the season opener against East Carolina . . . had a season-best 52 rushing yards on 17 carries against Bowling Green . . . 2009 - Was one of several true freshmen to sit out the season due to red-shirt status . . . Overall - Possesses great feet and quickness. . . an elusive runner . . . has the ability to make defenders miss . . . has good football savvy and good hands . . . a complete all-purpose back . . . has a high football IQ . . . understands the game . . . a hard worker.
High School -- Was a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter at Oakton High School . . . started at running back and played cornerback . . . had career statistics of 198 carries for 1,160 yards and 21 touchdowns . . . also had 48 receptions for 900 yards and 11 TDs . . . helped lead his team to a 13-1 record and Division 6 state semifinal appearance his senior season . . . was named to the Virginia High School Coaches Association and Associated Press all-state second team as a running back and kick returner his senior season . . . named to the Washington Post all-Met honorable mention and first-team all-league squad as a senior . . . earned first-team all-district and all-region honors as a running back and kick returner . . . rushed for 654 yards and 14 TDs as a senior, while catching 39 passes for 732 yards and 10 touchdowns . . . totaled 506 yards and seven TDs on the ground as a junior, while catching nine passes for 168 yards and one touchdown . . . high school coach was Joe Thompson.
Personal -- Favorite movie is Bad Boyz II . . . his favorite sports movie is Remember the Titans . . . lists "The Wire" as his favorite TV show . . . favorite NFL team is the Dallas Cowboys . . . his favorite NFL player is Adrian Peterson. . . the most famous person he's ever met was President George H.W. Bush . . . lists the Oklahoma City Thunder as his favorite professional sports team and Kevin Durant as his favorite pro athlete . . . his favorite video game as a child was Madden . . . favorite food is pizza . . . parents are J.C. and Frankie Watts . . . his dad played quarterback for the Oklahoma Sooners from 1979-81 . . . majoring in organizational studies . . . was born Julius Watts III on February 13, 1991 in Norman, Oklahoma.
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