Coey Watson is up to his usual tricks. Not much has changed since he left Dawson County after arguably becoming the best player in Tigers history.
Watson, one of the state’s all-time best dual threat quarterbacks, moved on to Shorter University, where he has proved a valuable tool immediately for the Hawks. He currently leads the team in rushing yards, and has roughly 300 total yards with three touchdowns to his credit.
“You learn the adjustments quick in college because everyone’s bigger, faster and stronger,” says Watson. “Reads are no longer something you can wait on and sometimes are only evident for a split second.”
It appears as though Watson knows when the time is to throw and when to run, as he’s thrown for 114 yards on 18-of-37 passing (49%). He has thrown one interception against two TD passes.
Watson has more rushing attempts than anyone on the Hawks’ roster, with 60 carries for a team-high 181 yards and a TD. Perhaps his top performance so far this season came September 29 against West Georgia. Watson tallied 106 rushing yards on 22 attempts including his first rushing TD of his young collegiate career.
His first passing score came against West Florida September 15. While no one is shocked that Watson is doing just fine at the next level, it’s a nice surprise to see him do this so soon.
“I didn’t know whether I’d play this much or not, I just was always ready for my name to be called,” says Watson on his early playing time.
“It has felt good and makes the time put in worth it.”
Watson closed his epic high school career with 6,928 passing yards and 65 touchdowns, adding another 2,002 rushing yards and 41 scores. In total, he amassed 8,930 yards of offense and 106 touchdowns. His name appears in the all-time leaders in passing yards in Georgia, as well as touchdowns.
He took Dawson to the state playoffs in three out of four seasons as starter under center, including a quarterfinals run in his sophomore 2015 season.