Terrell Watson ’15
NFL Running Back
Terrell Watson ’15 joined Azusa Pacific Football as a freshman in 2011 and immediately began to make an impact on the team, recording two 100-yard rushing games and scoring two touchdowns in those games his first year, and rushing for 50 yards and two touchdowns in a 51-28 Homecoming win over Southern Oregon. It was only the beginning.
Since then, Watson has helped carry the team to victory time and again. In just three years, he has rewritten virtually every school rushing record, including a handful previously held by Cougar legend Christian Okoye ’86. He secured the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) career rushing record after just two seasons of competition in the league. In 2013, he received GNAC Offensive Player of the Year honors and piled up numerous other awards with his record-shattering campaign.
But for Watson, this success is just the result of hard work and determination. He loves his team. He loves the game. And he recognizes that the game takes work, as does school and life. A leader by example, Watson inspires his teammates and coaches through his hard work and drive. He’s known for this drive not only on the field, but off the field as well. Watson, a sociology major, plans to pursue his dreams to join the police force and S.W.A.T. or the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) after graduation and make a difference in his community.
Continuing an outstanding season with the Oakland A’s, former Azusa Pacific standout Stephen Vogt was selected for the 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star team as a reserve catcher for the American League.
As the head football coach at Azusa Pacific University, Victor Santa Cruz challenges his athletes toward excellence, on and off the field. “God gave us just one life. We are not going to waste it on mediocrity. We are going to run to be the best.”