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.
“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.”
– Doug Roberson, AJC. Please follow me on twitter @ajcgsu