Watson hopes to end the season and his career with wins

Rosevelt Watson is ready to finish the final three games in his Georgia State career. Though his approach won’t change, he says all games are important, he hopes the results are different.

“I’m just going to go hard and try to get the victory,” he said. The Panthers (1-7) will play at James Madison (5-2) on Saturday.

That Watson is still playing is impressive.

He ripped the posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during the 2011 preseason. It was a gruesome injury. The PCL is supposed to keep the tibia and the femur in line.

After the injury, coach Bill Curry tried to encourage Watson to take the year off, go slow on the rehab, and come back this year. Watson wasn’t going to do that. He said he wanted to be with his team.

He finished the 6-8 week rehab and returned to play in two games, carrying one time for no gain. He has rushed for 235 yards in his GSU career.

“He didn’t have to do it,” Curry said. “He did it just so he could have a chance to play some this year, knowing Donald (Russell) was going to be there.”

The hard work has paid off, though it took an unfortunate set of circumstances to happen. Russell suffered a season-ending in last week’s loss to Villanova, opening the door for Watson, Travis Evans and Parris Lee to get more carries.

Watson said he will be ready.

“The next person in line, we are always going to be prepared, no matter what happens,” he said.

Watson arrived at Georgia State after spending a year at Northwood University in Midland, Mich. Because he was a transfer student, he was a year older than most of Georgia State’s recruits. Closer but still far away from his mom, dad and two brothers in Lake Worth, Fla., Watson decided to make the football team his new family.

Curry and position coach Joe Hamilton have praised Watson’s leadership.

“He accepts class, he accepts leadership, I don’t want to turn him to St. Francis but he’s a special guy,” Curry said.

Watson will use that leadership to become a teacher. He earned a degree in sociology last year and is completing another in math education. He wants to teach middle-school and secondary-level students, and coach football.

He’s worked hard to stay in the game. He’s not going to give it up even after he graduates.

“I love football,” he said. “I want football to stay around.”

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8 comments Add your comment

Panther08

October 25th, 2012
11:13 am

Chicken Bone

October 25th, 2012
11:27 am

Run wild on Saturday Roosevelt, if Bond lets you have the ball! Hope so……. GO PANTHERS!

A person SMART enough to know.....

October 25th, 2012
11:49 am

Good for him….He played college football and is getting his degree.

I do notice that there is not so much Trash talk form the GaState fans on this blog or the other blogs anymore. Glad you GaState fans have LEARNED your place.

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Chicken Bone

October 25th, 2012
1:29 pm

We love you SMART! Even though you are a troll……..

Okay Sure

October 25th, 2012
1:40 pm

Good for Roosevelt (awesome name!!). Probably won’t happen but he will still have a great degree.

A person SMART enough to know.....

October 25th, 2012
1:40 pm

Yes, GaState Ben is GONE. He even stopped saying GSU is the Real GSU, now that he realizes GaState couldn’t beat Ga Southerns second team.

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