|High School:||Gainesville HS|
Sophomore who burst onto the scene as one of the top young quarterbacks in the nation ... wears jersey #4, a number worn by former Tiger quarterback Steve Fuller; the number is retired at Clemson, but Fuller allowed the number to come out of retirement for Watson.
2015: Member of the preseason watch list for the Manning Award, Davey O’Brien Award, Maxwell Award and Walter Camp Award ... listed No. 7 Heisman candidate by Lindy’s and No. 10 by Athlon ... preseason ACC Player of the Year and first-team All-ACC by a vote of the league’s media.
2014: All-ACC Academic selection ... was 93-137 for 1,466 yards and 14 touchdowns against only two interceptions in 330 snaps over eight games (five starts) ... completed 67.9 percent of his passes and had a 188.6 pass efficiency rating (best nationally among players with 125 attempts) ... had 200 yards and five touchdowns on 63 carries ... first in school history in passing efficiency, first in yards per passing attempt (10.70), first in total offense yards per play (8.3), second in completion percentage and tied for 10th in passing touchdowns ... first in school history in passing efficiency and completion percentage by a freshman ... first in school history in passing yards, passing touchdowns and total offense by a first-year freshman ... three-time ACC Rookie of the Week ... was 2-4 for 59 yards and one touchdown against no interceptions at No. 12 Georgia on Aug. 30; it was his first career game ... was 8-9 for 154 yards and three touchdowns against no interceptions along with 20 yards on five carries against SC State on Sept. 6 ... was 19-28 for 266 yards along with 30 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries at No. 1 Florida State on Sept. 20; named ACC Rookie-of-the-Week; named team offensive player-of-the-game ... was 27-36 for 435 yards and a school-record six touchdowns along with 28 rushing yards against North Carolina on Sept. 27; it was his first career start (set 12 school records that day); named national co-performer-of-the-week and national co-quarterback-of-the-week by CFPA; named Davey O’Brien Quarterback-of-the-Week; named Manning Award Quarterback-of-the-Week; named national freshman-of-the-week by CBS Sports; named national true-freshman-of-the-week by 247Sports.com; named ACC Co-Offensive Back-of-the-Week and ACC Rookie-of-the-Week; named team offensive player-of-the-game ... set ACC mark for touchdown passes in a game by a freshman, and tied the single-game mark by anyone ... was 17-29 for 267 yards and two touchdowns against no interceptions along with a game-high 62 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries against NC State on Oct. 4; named ACC Offensive Back-of-the-Week and ACC Rookie-of-the-Week; named ACC player-of-the-week by Athlon ... suffered a broken hand in the first quarter against Louisville on Oct. 11 and missed the next three games ... was 4-6 for 21 yards along with 40 yards on seven carries before leaving the game with an LCL injury in the first quarter at No. 23 Georgia Tech on Nov. 15 ... was 14-19 for 269 yards and two touchdowns against no interceptions along with 13 yards and two touchdowns on five carries against South Carolina on Nov. 29; named team co-offensive player-of-the-game ... enrolled in January.
Before Clemson: Rated as the No. 3 player in the nation by Tom Lemming ... No. 16 player and No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the nation by ESPN ... No. 31 player and No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the nation and No. 2 player in Georgia by Rivals.com ... No. 41 player and No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the nation and No. 4 player in Georgia by 247Sports.com ... No. 84 player and No. 3 dual-threat quarterback in the nation by Scout.com ... U.S. Army All-American Game selection ... Under Armour All-American Game selection ... first-team All-American by Parade and second-team All-American by USA Today ... four-year starter at Gainesville High School ... set state career records for total offense yards (17,134) and total touchdowns (218) ... set the state career records for passing touchdowns and total offense yards by the end of his junior season ... had 13,077 passing yards and 155 touchdowns along with 4,057 rushing yards and 63 touchdowns in his career ... state player-of-the-year as a sophomore, junior and senior ... Gatorade Player-of-the-Year in Georgia as a senior ... had 4,431 passing yards and 57 touchdowns against only five interceptions along with 1,057 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior ... had 5,700 total offense yards and 64 touchdowns, including 4,024 passing yards and 50 touchdowns, as a junior ... led his team to its first state title in over 100 years; he had 400 total yards and five touchdowns in a 49-13 win over Ware County High in the Georgia Dome; he had 1,988 total yards and 27 touchdowns in five playoff games ... had over 3,200 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards as a sophomore ... had 2,088 passing yards and 17 touchdowns along with 569 rushing yards and five touchdowns in leading his team to a 10-2 record as a freshman ... played basketball as a junior ... coached by Bruce Miller ... recruited by Chad Morris.
Personal: Majoring in communication studies ... born Sept. 14, 1995.