THIS YEAR: Senior tailback Terrell Watson is the unquestioned leader of defending Great Northwest Athletic Conference champion Azusa Pacific, which enters its first season of full NCAA Division II membership and postseason eligibility in 2014 ... In just three years, Watson has rewritten virtually every school rushing record, including a handful that were still held by Cougar legend Christian Okoye ('86) ... Also owns the GNAC career rushing record in just two seasons of competition in the league ... Has a physical running style that makes him difficult to bring down ... Tends to wear down opposing defenses and create opportunities for big gains late in games ... Has been the face of the program's marketing efforts leading into the 2014 season.
2013 (junior): Earned GNAC Offensive Player of the Year honors and piled up numerous other awards with his record-shattering campaign ... Earned his second consecutive All-GNAC first team selection along with D2Football.com All-America honorable mention ... Also named National Christian College Athletic Association Offensive Co-Player of the Year ... Rushed for 1,812 yards on 301 carries, scoring 23 TDs to set conference and school records for rushing yardage and rushing TDs in a season ... Also added conference and school career records for rushing yardage and rushing TDs, in addition to a 302-yard, five-TD outburst that led the Cougars to a thrilling 44-36 come-from-behind win over Simon Fraser ... Earned D2Football.com National Player of the Week honors that week for leading the Cougars back from a 23-3 halftime deficit ... Also set program records for rushing yards in one half (272 in the second half) and one quarter (232 in the fourth quarter) ... Just one week later, rushed 37 times for 277 yards and a TD in another comeback win over Humboldt State ... Registered 10 games with 100 yards rushing, including six games with 155 yards or more ... Scored TDs in 11 of 12 games, including seven games with at least two scores, and finished the season with touchdowns in eight consecutive games ... Notched 14 receptions for 142 yards, including four catches for 33 yards to go with a 123-yard rushing effort as the Cougars clinched their first-ever GNAC title with a win over Dixie State ... Completed his only pass attempt of the season for 26 yards and also registered two tackles.
2012 (sophomore): Started at running back in all 11 games, rushing for 1,094 yards on 200 carries for 11 TDs ... Was named to All-Great Northwest Athletic Conference first team ... Ranked second in the GNAC in yards per game, sixth in all-purpose yards, and eighth in total offense ... Became the Cougars' third 1,000-yard rusher in two seasons, joining 2011 teammates QB John van den Raadt and RB Johnell Murphy to notch the milestone ... Averaged 99.5 rushing yards per game and 5.5 yards per carry ... Also had 11 catches for 127 receiving yards and another TD ... Accounted for almost a quarter of the team's all-purpose yards with 1,221, the highest single-season total for a Cougar running back since 2005 ... Had five 100-yard rushing games, including a season-high 214 at Dixie State ... Scored TDs in each of the last six games of the year ... Scored four TDs and rushed for 379 yards on 47 carries in the last two games.
2011 (freshman): Played in 12 games and started once as a true freshman ... Took 108 rushing attempts for 697 yards and 15 TDs, leading Cougar running backs in scoring on the season ... Averaged 6.5 yards per carry ... Had four catches for 92 yards, averaging 23 yards per reception ... Recorded two 100-yard rushing games and scored two touchdowns in each of those games ... Registered three of his catches for 81 yards while rushing for 50 yards and two TDs in a 51-28 Homecoming win over Southern Oregon ... Scored in each of the final six games of the season with four consecutive games with multiple TDs.
HIGH SCHOOL: Played two seasons of varsity football at Oxnard High School ... As a 2010 senior, rushed for 2,905 yards on 369 carries for 37 TDs ... Recorded 21 receptions for 206 yards and one TD ... On defense, tallied 100 tackles, two sacks, two interceptions and two pass deflections.
PERSONAL: Born August 22, 1993 in Los Angeles, Calif. ... Parents are Billy and Janice Watson ... Has two brothers (Billy, Deshawn) and one sister (Nena) ... Majoring in sociology ... Plans to join the police force and join S.W.A.T. (special weapons and tactics) or federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) after graduation.