PHILADELPHIA – Junior wide receiver Justin Watson has been named a second-team preseason STATS FCS All-American, part of a class STATS FCS has called the “Year of the FCS Wide Receiver”.
A unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection and runner-up for the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year award in 2015, Watson led the Ivy League in receptions (74), receiving yards (1,082), and receiving touchdowns (nine) in 2015 en route to a third-team STATS FCS All-American selection.
Watson is one of seven returning All-Americans at the wide receiver position in 2016 and one of 11 returning wideouts who surpassed 1,000 yards last season.
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.
Watson is one of four Ivy Leaguers on the preseason All-American team and the only one on offense.
The Quakers begin their 2016 season – the 140th season of Penn Football – on September 17 against Lehigh at Franklin Field.