Watford was the top-rated offensive lineman for the Dukes, starting all 11 games while also serving as a team captain. Watford earned four top team All-America honors from The Walter Camp Foundation, American Football Coaches Association, Associated Press and The Sports Network. Also a First Team All-CAA selection for the second consecutive season, he allowed just one sack on the season while, under extremely stringent linemen grading, grading out 80 percent or higher six times and 90 percent or better twice.
Overall, he graded out at 85 percent for the season and had 25 knockdowns while leading an offense that ranked fourth in rushing offense in the CAA at 209.0 yards per game and 4.6 yards per rush. He blocked for Dae'Quan Scott, who ranked third in the CAA in rushing at 86.8 yards per game and earned Second Team All-CAA honors this year. Watford played in 43 games in his career, starting in 37 of them including the last 35 straight.
Started all 13 games at guard for JMU, helping lead the Dukes to the second round of the NCAA Division I Football Championship... Named First Team All-CAA and Roanoke Times Division I and All-Virginia Second Team as an offensive lineman... Helped the Dukes average 222.5 yards per game rushing and 4.7 yards per carry.
Started all 11 games at offensive guard to earn his second letter... Helped lead the Dukes rushing game to third overall in the CAA.
Played in eight games as a redshirt freshman, getting starts against Hofstra and Richmond.
First-Team All-City as a Simon Gratz senior... Named to the Second Team All-Decade Public team on the defensive line by the Philadelphia News.
Majoring in Communications Sciences and Disorders.
- 2013 James Madison Pro Day: Earl Watford vying to be James Madison's first draft pick since 2010...Representatives from seven NFL teams gathered at James Madison's pro day on March 18, where six players - joined by some from area small schools such as Virginia Military Institute and Norfolk State - worked out outdoors on FieldTurf.
Earl Watford, G (6-foot-3 5/8, 301) - Watford was at the NFL Scouting Combine, and kept his numbers posted in Indy. He did position drills only. Watford has 34-inch arms, which is long for a lineman.
James Madison hasn't had a player selected in the NFL draft since 2010 (when both linebacker Arthur Moats - by the Buffalo Bills - and return specialist Scotty McGee - by the Jacksonville Jaguars - were picked in the sixth round). The most famous James Madison alums to have played in the NFL are defensive end Charles Haley (a fourth-round draft pick in 1986) and Gary Clark (a supplemental draft pick in 1984). - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
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