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J.J. Watt
J.J. Watt

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Pewaukee, Wis.

High School:
Pewaukee

Last College:
Central Michigan

Height / Weight:
6-6 / 292

Position:
DL

Experience:
1V

J.J. Watt Photo Gallery

Honors and Awards
2010:
Lott IMPACT Trophy winner ... AP and SI second-team All-American ... consensus first-team All-Big Ten ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Team MVP ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Midseason: finalist for the Bednarik and Hendricks Awards ... named second-team All-American by Phil Steele and SI.com and first-team All-Big Ten by Steele ... Preseason: Named first-team All-Big Ten by Phil Steele and second-team by Athlon Sports ... named to Lott IMPACT Trophy Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Bednarik Award watch lists
2009: Honorable mention All-Big Ten (media) ... Academic All-Big Ten

Career
Third at UW with four career blocked kicks

2010:
Led team in TFLs, sacks, quarterback hurries, forced fumbles and blocked kicks ... second on team in tackles, pass breakups and passes defended ... tied for sixth in school history with 21.0 tackles for loss in single season, 91 TFL yards ranks seventh ... three blocked kicks is tied for second-most in one year at UW ... broke up one pass and had three tackles against TCU in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1 ... Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after recording seven tackles, 3.0 TFLs for a loss of 19 yards, 1.0 sack for 12 yards, forcing two fumbles -- both of which UW recovered -- blocking an extra point and recording three quarterback hurries -- all of which resulted in interceptions for the Badgers -- ... named UW's defensive player of the week after making first interception of career along with six tackles and one pass breakup at Michigan on Nov. 20 ... recorded at least 1.5 TFLs in seven straight games from Sept. 25 - Nov. 13 ... named UW's co-defensive player of the week after recovering two fumbles and posting two quarterback hurries, 2.0 TFLs and three tackles against Indiana on Nov. 13 ... team-high 2.5 TFLs, 1.0 sacks and four tackles at Purdue on Nov. 6 ... chosen as Big Ten co-Defensive Player of the Week, Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week, Lott IMPACT Player of the Week and UW co-defensive player of the week after blocking extra point in one-point win at Iowa on Oct. 23, also had 2.0 TFLs, one sack and four tackles ... named Lott IMPACT Player of the Week and UW's co-defensive player of the week after tying career high with two sacks and had 3.0 TFLs in win over No. 1 Ohio State on Oct. 16 ... posted six tackles with one sacks and 1.5 TFLs against Minnesota on Oct. 9 ... career-high 10 tackles with 2.5 TFLs, one sack and one pass breakup at Michigan State on Oct. 2 ... tallied three tackles with 1.5 TFLs against Austin Peay on Sept. 25 ... collected one tackle, one pass breakup and three quarterback hurries against Arizona State on Sept. 18 ... named UW's defensive player of the week after blocking a field goal, recording season-high six tackles, 2.5 TFLs and one quarterback hurry against San Jose State on Sept. 11 ... forced a fumble that was returned for a touchdown, broke up career-high three passes and had four tackles, including 0.5 for loss, at UNLV on Sept. 4

2009:
Earned first letter ... started all 13 games at defensive end ... finished second on team in TFLs (15.5-53), pass breakups (5) and fumble recoveries (2) and third in sacks (4.5-19) ... broke up two passes, recovered one fumble, had three tackles, 2.0 TFLs, 1.0 sacks and one quarterback hurry against Miami in Champs Sports Bowl on Dec. 29 ... named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after posting six tackles, 3.0 TFLs for 10, a career-high 2.0 sacks for nine yards and one quarterback hurry against Hawaii on Dec. 5 ... named UW's co-special teams player of the week after blocking a field goal and also notched three tackles against Michigan on Nov. 14 ... recorded three tackles and 1.0 TFLs against Indiana on Nov. 7 ... broke up one pass and had three tackles, including 1.0 TFLs, against Purdue on Oct. 31 ... season-high eight tackles with career-high 4.0 TFLs and had 1.0 sack against Iowa on Oct. 17 ... had three tackles and one TFL against Ohio State on Oct. 10 ... made two TFLs, part of four tackles, against Minnesota on Oct. 3 ... recovered first fumble of career and had one TFL against Michigan State on Sept. 26 ... recorded two tackles and had one pass breakup against Fresno State on Sept. 12 ... made Badger debut with six tackles, 0.5 TFL, 0.5 sacks and one pass breakup in first-career start against Northern Illinois on Sept. 5

2008: Redshirt season ... named UW's defensive scout team player of the year ... named UW's defensive scout team player of the week against Minnesota on Nov. 15, Iowa on Oct. 18 and Akron on Aug. 30

2007 (at Central Michigan): Played in all 14 games ... as a tight end, caught eight passes for 77 yards ,.. career-high two receptions for 23 yards at Kent State on Oct. 27 ... made first catch of career for nine yards at Ball State on Oct. 6

High School:
First-team all-state, all-county, all-area and all-conference as both a tight end and defensive end ... named conference player and conference defensive player of the year as well as team MVP as a senior ... first-team all-state selection in track and field and was the state champion in the shot put as a senior ... first-team all-conference and all-area defensive end as a junior ... four-year letterwinner in football and also lettered in basketball, baseball and track and field ... career totals of 38 catches for 549 yards and 11 touchdowns at tight end ... made 44.5 tackles for loss, including 18 QB sacks ... National Honor Society member and high honor roll ... head coach was Clay Iverson

Personal: Parents are John and Connie Watt ... enjoys basketball, weightlifting and traveling ... major is life sciences communication

Career Defensive Statistics
Season GP/GS UT AT Tot. TFL QBS FC FR INT PD
2009 13/13 32
12 44 15.5-53 4.5-19 0 2
0 5
2010 13/13 42
20
62
21.0-91 7.0-56 3 2
1 9
Totals 26/26 74 32 106 36.5-144 11.5-75 3
4 1 14

Game-by-Game Tackles
2009 SEASON: Northern Illinois (3-3=6); Fresno State (1-1=2); Michigan State (1-0=1); Minnesota (2-2=4); Ohio State (1-2=3); Iowa (7-1=8); Purdue (2-1=3); Indiana (3-0=3); Michigan (1-2=3); Northwestern (2-0=2); Hawaii (6-0=6); Miami (3-0=3)

2010 SEASON: UNLV (2-2=4); San Jose State (4-2=6); Arizona State (0-1=1); Austin Peay (1-2=3); Michigan State (5-5=10); Minnesota (3-3=6); Ohio State (4-0=4); Iowa (4-1=5); Indiana (3-0=3); Michigan (4-2=6); Northwestern (7-0=7); TCU (2-1=3)

Career Game Highs
Tackles 10 at Michigan State, Oct. 2, 2010
Tackles for Loss
4.0 vs. Iowa, Oct. 17, 2009
Sacks 2.0 (2x), MR vs. Ohio State, Oct. 16, 2010
Interceptions 1 at Michigan, Nov. 20, 2010
Passes Defended
3 at UNLV, Sept. 4, 2010
Season Game Highs
Tackles 10 at Michigan State, Oct. 2, 2010
Tackles for Loss 3.0 (2x), MR vs. Northwestern, Nov. 27, 2010
Sacks 2.0 vs. Ohio State, Oct. 16, 2010
Interceptions 1 at Michigan, Nov. 20, 2010
Passes Defended 3 at UNLV, Sept. 4, 2010

Updated - 1/5/11

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