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* 2013 Butkus Award Preseason Watch List
* 2013 Preseason Third Team All-ACC (Phil Steele)
One of the faster linebackers in the ACC, if not all of college football... lightning-fast at going sideline to sideline... a solid contributor for four seasons and a two-year starter... played in 49 career games with 29 starts... finished his career with 179 tackles and 16 tackles for loss... was considered one of the most athletic players on the roster.
2013 (senior): On the preseason watch list for the Butkus Award... played and started in 12 games... missed the Alabama A&M game with an injury... matched a career high with nine tackles vs. Elon in the season opener (Aug. 31)... had eight stops in the win at eventual ACC Coastal Division champion Duke (Sept. 14)... registered eight total tackles, seven solo stops and a sack vs. Virginia Tech (Sept. 26)... recovered a fumble at Miami (Oct. 5)... forced a fumble and had a tackle for loss at BYU (Oct. 12)... registered six tackles, including five solo tackles, vs. Pittsburgh (Nov. 2)... had seven tackles vs. Ole Miss in the Music City Bowl (Dec. 30).
2012 (junior): Played in all 14 games and started 13 times... recorded 77 tackles... his 8.5 tackles for loss ranked second on the team... had 2.0 sacks and led the team with two forced fumbles... also blocked one kick and had one pass break-up... registered eight tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and a sack in the season opener at Virginia Tech (Sept. 3)... had a career-high nine tackles and a tackle for loss at Clemson (Oct. 6)... recorded a career-high 2.5 tackles for loss and a sack in the win over Boston College (Oct. 20)... matched a career high with nine tackles against BYU (Oct. 27)... had nine tackles, a tackle for loss and a forced fumble in the win over USC in the Hyundai Sun Bowl (Dec. 31).
2011 (sophomore): Played in 11 games and started at Virginia... finished with 15 tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks, one pass break-up and one forced fumble... recorded four tackles, a sack and a forced fumble in the season opener vs. Western Carolina (Sept. 1)... had two tackles and a sack vs. Kansas (Sept. 17)... recorded three tackles in a win over North Carolina (Sept. 24)... had a sack at NC State (Oct. 1)... registered three tackles at Virginia (Oct. 15).
2010 (redshirt freshman): Played in 12 games and started three times -- at North Carolina, vs. NC State and at Wake Forest... recorded 21 tackles (12 solo tackles) and one tackle for loss... had a tackle for loss in his first college game, vs. South Carolina State in the season opener (Sept. 4)... registered six tackles (four solo tackles) in his first career start, a win at North Carolina (Sept. 18)... had six tackles (four solo tackles) vs. NC State (Sept. 25).
2009 (true freshman): Redshirted.
High School: Washington County HS... a Scout.com three-star recruit... No. 30 weakside linebacker in the nation (Scout.com)... No. 49 outside linebacker nationally (ESPN.com)... recorded 86 tackles, nine tackles for loss and three interceptions; three rushing touchdowns as a quarterback as a senior in 2008... played in only eight games in 2008 because of a torn labrum in shoulder... honorable mention All-State (GHSA)... Augusta Chronicle All-Georgia Team... Region 3AAA Defensive Player of the Year... first team All-Middle Georgia... earned four varsity letters in football, playing quarterback and safety, and served two years as a team captain... had single-game highs of two interceptions and 20 tackles... ran track for four years (sprinter) and played basketball for two seasons... wore No. 10 in high school, the same number worn by his cousin, Stacy Walls.
Personal: Parents are Jimmy and Sabrina Watts... born Jan. 21, 1991 in Augusta, Ga... has one sibling, Marquise... began playing football at age seven... a management major.