Justin Watson Named to National Offensive Player of the Year Watch List

PHILADELPHIA – Preseason continues to be good for junior wide receiver Justin Watson as he was named one of 22 players on the STATS FCS Offensive Player of the Year Watch List.

The lone Ivy Leaguer on the list and one of just four wide receivers, Watson adds his Player of the Year Watch List selection to second-team Preseason All-American honors bestowed on him earlier this week.

“This is tremendous recognition for Justin,” said George A. Munger Head Coach of Football Ray Priore. “We have seen him put together two of the finest seasons from a wide receiver in Penn history, and are excited to see what develops in his next two seasons. He is a special talent, and beyond deserving of being among the nation’s elite offensive players.”

Watson’s 1,087 yards in 2015 rank second on Penn’s single-season yardage chart. Through just two seasons with the Quakers, he has amassed 1,579 yards – which ranks No. 7 on Penn’s career receiving yardage list. His 1,000-yard season in 2015 came via 74 receptions, the fourth-best single season output by a Penn receiver all-time. He has reeled in 116 catches in his two seasons in a Penn uniform, already ranking No. 7 all-time.

Watson was a touchdown machine for the Red and Blue in 2015, catching nine touchdowns – No. 3 in a single season by a Quaker. He has caught 11 career touchdowns, tied for No. 8 in a career.

The Quakers begin their 2016 season – the 140th season of Penn Football – on September 17 against Lehigh at Franklin Field.