University of Tulsa seniors Trey Watts and Shawn Jackson have been named to the 2013 College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) Preseason Watch Lists. Watts was named to the All-Purpose Performer of the Year Watch List, while Jackson was named to the CFPA Linebacker Trophy Watch List
Watts, a 5-foot-11, 200-pound running back, led the Hurricane in rushing with 1,108 yards and three touchdowns in 2012. He has seven career 100-yard rushing games, five of which came during the 2012 campaign.
Watts earned second team all-Conference USA honors as a kick returner and honorable mention accolades as a running back a year ago. He was named the Game MVP and the Offensive MVP of the 2012 AutoZone Liberty Bowl in leading Tulsa to a 31-17 victory over Iowa State. Watts gained 249 all-purpose yards in that game, including a game-high 149 rushing yards.
Jackson, a 6-2, 255-pound linebacker, needs two more sacks to tie the school record of 20 held by Dennis Byrd (1985-88) and Sedrick Clark (1992-95). Jackson had 88 tackles and 10.5 tackles for lost yards in only 10 games last year for the Hurricane. He completed his junior season as the Defensive MVP of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl after tallying nine tackles, two sacks for -8 yards and one forced fumble.