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MENELIK WATSON

#71

Player profile

Honors:

All-ACC (Honorable Mention)
Coaches All-ACC (Honorable Mention)

2012:

Junior college transfer who jumped into the starting lineup at right tackle after arriving in January and helped solidify the unit…started 12 of 13 games and boasted a season average grade of 76.2 percent…allowed just one sack all season…registered three knockdowns against both Boston College and Maryland… major contributor to an FSU offense in 2012 which will go down in school history as the most productive ever racking up a school record 6,591 yards which surpassed the 2000 team for the most yards…an outstanding blocker who played a key role in FSU’s resurgent running game, which averaged 205.9 yards a game and produced a single-season record 40 rushing touchdowns…athletically-gifted big man from Manchester, Great Britain…played Division I basketball at Marist before transferring to Saddleback (Calif.) College, where he played football for the first time and emerged as one of the nation’s top junior college tackles…selected as the Top Newcomer on Offense at the team’s annual banquet.

PERSONAL:

One of the nation’s top junior college offensive tackles, who hails from Manchester, England…big, physical player who is considered to have some of the best feet in the nation for an offensive lineman and the quickness (clocked in the 4.7 range in the 40-yard dash) to be effective against the big, fast defensive ends at the college level…has an explosive first step, a constantly square body and serious downfield speed which projects him to be a solid blocker in both the passing and rushing game…rated a four-star prospect by 247Sports and a three-star offensive lineman by Rivals and Scout…helped Saddleback College (Mission Viejo, Calif.) to an 8-3 record, No. 5 ranking and berth in the Golden State Bowl…named second team Southern California Football Association All-Conference helping a Saddleback offense that led the SCFA in total offense (470.4 yards per game), ranked second in scoring offense (40.5 ppg), passing offense (338.6 yards per game), 24th in rushing offense (131.7)…trained as a basketball player his entire life in England until he played for the CDA Academy in Spain…wasn’t introduced to football until arriving in America…actually signed a Division I basketball scholarship with Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. and after a redshirt freshman season (2009-10), emerged as a team captain playing forward and center for the Red Foxes…averaged 4.7 points and 3.3 rebounds in 29 games with 13 starts in his only season (2010-11) at Marist…ranks as the No. 5 junior college player by 247Sports, No. 9 junior college offensive tackle and No. 19 on the top-50 junior college players by Rivals…graduated from Burnage High School, in Manchester, England in 2006…selected Florida State over Auburn, Cal, Oklahoma, Oregon and Rutgers.