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Tre Watson
Player Profile:
Tre Watson 1809475
Position: Running Back
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 195
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Corona, CA
High School: Centennial HS
Experience: 1 Letter

Twitter: @tre1watson | @calfootball
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Career Stats
Game Logs: 2014

Watson was one of five true freshmen to play in all 12 games in 2014 and made significant contributions especially as a kick returner with a team-high 20 kick returns for 407 yards and a 20.4 average as he spent much of the second half of the season as the team’s primary kick returner. He also saw action in the backfield, rushing 25 times for 94 yards. Watson is expected to play a major role in both areas again in 2015.

Cal Career (2014 – Present)
► Has played in 12 games off the bench in his one season with the program in 2014
► Ranks second among active Cal players with 20 kick returns and 407 kick return yards, as well as third with a 20.4 yards per kick return average
► Has also recorded 94 yards rushing and one score on the ground on 25 carries to rank fifth among active Cal players in each category (tied for fifth in rushing touchdowns)
► Has a total of 506 all-purpose yards to rank eighth among active Cal players, adding one punt return for four yards and one reception for one yard
► Registered career highs of eight kick returns, 165 kick return yards (also 165 all-purpose yards) as a 2014 freshman at USC and also had a 28-yard kick return that tied for the longest of his career with a 28-yarder the same season vs. Oregon
► Posted career highs of seven carries and 26 yards rushing vs. Sacramento State as a 2014 freshman, while adding the lone punt return of his career for four yards in the same contest
► Had the longest run of his career with a 13-yarder at Oregon State as a 2014 freshman
► Scored the lone touchdown of his career on a nine-yard run in the 2014 season finale vs. BYU
► Had his lone career reception for one yard receiving in the 2014 season-opener at Northwestern
► Has led Cal in kick returns and kick return yards three times each
 
Sophomore (2015)
► Listed in the No. 3 spot at running back on the preseason depth chart as well as one of two second-team kick returners
► Did not play in the spring game due to injury but is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season

Freshman (2014)
► Played in 12 games off the bench and was one of the team’s five true freshmen to see action in every contest along with Devante Downs, Vic Enwere, Matt Rockett and Noah Westerfield
► Only player on the Cal roster to record statistics in rushing, receiving, kick returns and punt returns
► Led the team with 20 kick returns for 407 yards and a 20.4 yards per kick return average and was the team’s primary kick returner for much of the second half of the season, with the kick return yards and average ranking second and fourth on the club
► Contributed 94 yards rushing and one touchdown on the ground on 25 carries, ranking fifth on the club in all three categories
► Totaled 506 all-purpose yards to rank eighth on the team, adding one reception for one yard receiving and one punt return for four yards
► Among conference and national leaders in kick return average (20.4, No. 12 Pac-12, No. 96 NCAA) and combined kick return yards (411, No. 12 Pac-12, No. 103 NCAA)
► Led Cal in kick returns and kick return yards in three consecutive games vs. Oregon, at Oregon State and at USC
► Registered career highs of eight kick returns, 165 kick return yards (also 165 all-purpose yards) at USC and also had a 28-yard kick return that tied for the longest of his career, with his eight kick returns tying for the second most by a Pac-12 player in 2014
► Had seven kick returns for 142 kick return yards including a career-high-tying 28-yard return vs. Oregon and added two rushes for three yards for 145 all-purpose yards
► Other kick return totals came at Oregon State (3-68) and vs. Washington (2-32) with the kick return action against the Huskies the first of his career, while adding rushing totals of three carries for 18 yards including a career-long 13-yard rush against the Beavers and two rushes for 11 yards against the Huskies
► Posted career highs of seven carries and 26 yards rushing vs. Sacramento State, while adding the lone punt return of his career for four yards
► Scored the first touchdown of his career on a nine-yard run in the third quarter of the season finale vs. BYU and finished the game with five carries for 18 yards
► Had 18 yards rushing on six carries and added his lone career reception for one yard receiving in the season-opener at Northwestern
 
Centennial HS (Class of 2014)
Amassed a 52-8 overall record and a 24-0 record in Big VIII League play as a four-year varsity player, while winning Southern Section Inland Division championships each of his final two seasons and the Southern California Regional crown his junior year
► A National Player of the Year candidate and All-American as a 2013 senior who was selected for the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl but did not play due to injury and also earned honorable mention recognition as a Parade All-American
► Selected for the West Coast Bowl after his senior season but did not play due to injury
► Rushed for 5,244 yards and 72 touchdowns in his career on 591 carries, while he had 74 overall touchdowns (also one receiving, one miscellaneous) and scored 458 career points, adding 14 two-point conversions with all of his rushing yards other than 27 coming in his final two campaigns
► Posted 23 career 100-plus yard rushing games, as well as nine with 200 or more yards and six with 300 or more
► Racked up additional honors as a senior when he was also listed as one of eight finalists for CalHiSports.com Mr. Football Award, named first-team All-State, Los Angeles Times Running Back of the Year, Riverside Press Enterprise All-County Offensive Player of the Year, Southern Section Inland Division Offensive Player of the Year, Los Angeles Times All-Area team, Big VIII MVP and team captain
► Rushed for 3,734 yards on 417 attempts (9.0 ypg) as a senior with both numbers single-season school records, leading the state of California and ranking second nationally, while setting a Riverside County record in both and ranking third all-time in the state and Southern Section history with a school-record-tying 50 rushing touchdowns that was fifth nationally and added three rushing conversions for a total of 306 points
► Scored at least one touchdown on the ground in each of his 15 games as a senior
► Added 204 kick return yards with a long of 96 and six receptions for 72 yards as a senior
► Senior team finished 12-3 overall and 5-0 in the Big VIII to win a conference title and also won the Southern Section Inland Division crown before ending the season ranked No. 6 in California and No. 27 nationally after a loss to state champion St. John Bosco in the first round of a four-team Open Division playoff
► Had six games as a senior with 300 or more yards rushing and eight with 200 or more, as well as seven with four or more TDs
► Rushed for 1,111 yards in four playoff games as a senior, including a 519-yard six-touchdown effort with one scoring run of 93 yards in the Inland Division semifinals against Upland when his team set a national record for offensive yardage in a game
► Named the MaxPreps Overall and Offensive player of the game vs. St. Bonaventure during his senior season when he rushed for a then school record of 469 yards and a school record seven touchdowns
► Other 300-yard plus games as a senior came vs. Norco (382, 4 TD), Liberty (33-319, 5 TD), Santiago (33-312, 4 TD) and Vista Murrieta (48-304, 2 TD), while he added 200-plus yard efforts vs. Etiwanda (29-249, 3 TD) and St. John Bosco (46-236, 2 TD)
► Named Homecoming King at halftime of game against Carson as a senior
► No. 9 on Rivals Southern California Watch List for running backs heading into senior season
► Ran for 1,483 yards on 163 carries (9.1 ypr) and 22 rushing touchdowns (24 total touchdowns) as a 2012 junior to earn first-team All-Big VIII honors and third-team All-State Underclassmen recognition (Cal-Hi Sports) as one of two players on his squad with 1,000-plus rushing yards for a team that posted a 14-2 record overall, was 5-0 in the Big VIII to win the league title and finished ranked No. 13 nationally and No. 2 in the state while losing to De La Salle in the state title game after winning the Southern Section Inland Division title
► Posted the first 200-plus yard rushing game of his prep career among nine 100-plus yard games during his junior season with 213 on 21 carries vs. Murrieta Valley
► Added 204 kick return yards and 23 receiving yards on four catches as a junior
► Made the game-winning touchdown catch against Narbonne in the Southern California Bowl as a junior
► Sophomore team was 12-2 overall and 7-0 in league, making the Southern Section Inland Division finals
► Freshman team finished ranked fifth in the state, No. 13 in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 rank and No. 20 nationally, winning the Southern Section Inland Division title before falling in the state title game

Recruiting Notes (Class of 2014)
► A four-star recruit according to Rivals, while 247Sports, 247Sports Composite, ESPN and Scout gave him three stars each
► Among the nation’s top-ranked running backs according to Rivals (No. 27), 247Sports Composite (No. 36), Scout (No. 49), 247Sports (No. 52) and ESPN (No. 142)
► Also checked in on the 247Sports Composite list of the nation’s top players overall at No. 589
► Ranked among the top players overall in his region by ESPN (No. 200)
► Among the top players overall in California according to Rivals (No. 39), 247Sports Composite (No. 56), 247Sports (No. 78) and ESPN (No. 125)
► Received a grade of 0.8608 from 247Sports Composite, while 247Sports had him at 86, ESPN at 74 and Rivals at 5.8
► Listed by Bleacher Report/Los Angeles Times as the one recruit you need to know in California
► Called a “notable riser” in Rivals running back recruiting ratings in August of 2013
► Listed as the No. 8 running back in the West by Scout heading into signing day and prior to the 2013 season
 
Other
► Full name is John Earl Watson
► Born February 19, 1996
► Parents are Kenneth and Desiree Carter
► Ran a 4.4 40-yard dash according to Bear Insider
► Intended major is media studies

Last Updated
June 5, 2015

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