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Collected Wisdom: Trey Watts, Tulsa tailback and son of J.C. Watts

Julius Caesar Watts III, who goes by Trey, is a senior tailback at the University of Tulsa, where he starred on the 2012 Conference USA championship team.
by Berry Tramel Published: August 24, 2013

Julius Caesar Watts III, who goes by Trey, is a senior tailback at the University of Tulsa, where he starred on the 2012 Conference USA championship team. Watts is the son of J.C. Watts, OU's star wishbone quarterback in 1979 and 1980 and a former U.S. congressman.

Trey Watts grew up an OU fan and played on Owen Field with TU in September. He returns on Sept. 14, this time as an integral part of a quality team.

The blessings of a famous dad, you get a lot of opportunities to meet a lot of famous people. You get to go to a lot of different places when he has a speaking engagement here or there. When I was younger, he would take us on a lot of trips like that, cause he traveled a lot. That was probably the biggest negative, that he did travel so much. In Congress, commuting back and forth. He had to commute every week up to Washington. That was probably the biggest part, not having him around as much.

But the plus, getting to go to a lot of different things. Been to Super Bowls, national championships growing up. That was one of the biggest reasons I wanted to play college football and play in the NFL. I had been watching since I was little. Been to so many games when I was little. I just wanted to be a part of that.

Growing up, if they weren't playing OU, I probably didn't see (TU). Nothing, really, probably until about Paul Smith (2005-07), then I kind of saw a little bit. Before Paul Smith, probably nothing.

Coming out of high school, I didn't have a lot of options. My dad had a relationship with Coach (Bill) Blankenship. So I got to come out, just check out a game on an official visit, see the campus a little bit, really just thought, this was a place I could come and play. Everything ended up working out for me.

I went to Whittier Middle School in Norman. I didn't leave Oklahoma until after seventh grade. I was a Dallas Cowboys fan; obviously Oklahoma didn't have a basketball team. As soon as they got one, I just fell in love with it. Started watching NBA 20 times more once the Thunder came around. Got to go, check out a few Thunder games, playoff games, saw a Kevin Durant buzzer-beater. You watch those guys, just how much passion they have, it's easy to fall in love with and it's easy to be a fan.

I've been Trey since I was a little. When I moved to Virginia, I started football before school. So my football team knew me as Trey, because that's what I went by. In eighth grade, first day of school, teacher's calling out roll. They say Julius, I was shy at the time. Didn't really know anybody, it was like first day of school. I was like, just forget about it. I'll go by Julius. I don't want to tell anybody my name's Trey. Didn't want to go through that. So I tried to go by Julius. It lasted for about week and a half. I had all the football guys on my team still calling me Trey in the hallways. So people started getting confused. Trey just kind of took back over.

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by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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