Todd Watkins
Wide Receiver 1
190 lbs.
San Diego, 
Last School
Grossmont Junior College
Roster Years

Career Summary

Todd Watkins transferred to BYU from Grossmont Junior College after helping the Griffins to a No. 3 national junior college ranking. Watkins went on to earn All-Mountain West Conference First Team honors as a junior after leading the conference with 1,042 yards. That year, he set the MWC junior single-game receiving record with 211 yards at Boise State as well as the conference single-season record, averaging 94.7 yards per game. Watkins lettered both years at BYU and recorded 678 yards his senior season, finishing second on the roster. College Football News ranked Watkins as the second best receiver in the MWC.


  • Selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the seventh round of the NFL Draft in 2006


  • Parents are Don Watkins of Ramona, Calif. and Cindy Watkins of San Diego
  • Great uncle, Tom Watkins, is a member of the Iowa State Athletic Hall of Fame after a stellar collegiate career (1958-1960). Tom also played for the Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Pittsburgh Steelers and the Los Angeles Rams
  • His father, Don Watkins, played lineman at Pasadena City College and later played for the San Diego Police Department football team, raising money for various community charities
  • Brother, Travis, played offensive line for USC
  • Redshirted at Norfolk State before transferring to Grossmont Junior College 
  • Received scholarship offers from Hawaii, Kansas State and Oregon State
  • Married to Sara

Before BYU

Grossmont Junior College

  • A 2003 JC Grid-wire and Junior College Athletic Bureau first-team All-American
  • Helped Grossmont to a third-place national junior college ranking
  • Helped lead the Griffins to a 13-1 record, including a 10-0 regular-season finish
  • Member of the 2003 Foothill Valley Conference champions
  • Named the 2003 Region III Offensive Player of the Year
  • Earned first-team all-state and all-conference honors
  • In 10 regular-season games, recorded 40 receptions for 915 yards, averaging 22.9 yards per reception
  • Credited with eight regular-season touchdowns
  • Led the Foothill Conference in kick scoring, posting 50-of-51 point-after attempts and 12-of-15 field goal attempts, including a long of 52 yards
  • Responsible for a league-leading 134 total points on the season, including 48 points as a receiver and 86 points as a kicker
  • Clocked at 4.28 seconds in the 40-yard dash 

Helix High School

  • Competed in track in high school, helping his relay team to the 2000 California State Boys CIF Track Championship in the 4x100 relay in a time of 41.17
  • Earned all-county honors as a receiver and kicker in both his junior and senior seasons
  • Member of the 2000 San Diego Section, Division II CIF Football championship team
  • Became only the second person in 25 years at Helix High School to letter in four different sports as a senior, including football, soccer, volleyball and track


2004  11   52  1,042   6   79   94.7
2005  12   49    678   9   67   56.5
TOTAL 23  101  1,720  15   79   74.8
BYU Hall of Fame

Freshman Year

Sophmore Year

Junior Year 2004

  • Earned All-Mountain West Conference First Team honors
  • Earned All-America honorable-mention honors
  • Started in each of the Cougars' 11 games
  • Earned letterman honors
  • Set the MWC junior single-game receiving record with 211 yards at Boise State
  • Led the Mountain West with 1,042 yards on the season
  • Also holds the MWC single-season record, averaging 94.7 yards per contest
  • Credited with 52 receptions and six touchdowns on the season
  • Named by Sports Illustrated as the nation's top deep threat
  • Had touchdown receptions of 68, 69, 70 and 79 yards on the season
  • Averaged 20.0 yards per reception
  • Recorded a season-high nine receptions agaisnt UNLV
  • Had over 100 yards receiving in five games during the season
Senior Year 2005

  • Earned letterman honors
  • Started all 12 games at receiver
  • Ranked second on the BYU roster with 678 yards
  • Credited with 49 receptions
  • Recorded three games with seven receptions (Eastern Illinois, TCU, UNLV)
  • Totaled a season-high 176 yards and three touchdowns against nationally-ranked TCU
  • Recorded a career-high nine touchdown receptions during the season
  • Credited with a fourth-quarter touchdown against Cal in the Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl to cut the Golden Bears' lead to just 28-35
  • Named preseason first-team All-American (Phil Steele's College Football Preview)
  • A 2005 Mountain West Conference Preseason All-Conference selection
  • A Street & Smith's Preseason Honorable Mention All-American
  • Named preseason First-Team All-MWC by Lindy's Football Annual, Phil Steele's College Football Preview, Street & Smith's, Blue Ribbon Yearbook/ and College Football News
  • Ranked by Lindy's Football Annual as the league's "most dangerous deep threat" and the ninth top receiver in the country
  • Ranked by Street & Smith's as the league's "fastest receiver"
  • Ranked as the fourth best player in the MWC by College Football News
  • Ranked by College Football News as the second best receiver in the MWC
Graduate Year

Redshirt Year

Medical Redshirt Year