Known as “WatkinsTall” in the Twitter world, reserve quarterback Evan Watkins is moving over to play superback for Northwestern.
The 6-foot-6, 245-pound sophomore made the switch at the end of the regular season, and has played the position during the Wildcats’ last six practices.
“We’ll try him out a little bit, try to get him on the field,” said NU head coach Pat Fitzgerald.
Watkins started three games at quarterback for Northwestern when Dan Persa suffered a season-ending Achilles injury in 2010. He completed 36 of 70 passes, but threw five interceptions, and was 0-3 as a starter.
In 2011, Watkins was buried on the Wildcats’ depth chart, and saw action in just two games, while not throwing a pass.
Watkins approached Pat Fitzgerald about a potential move to superback, and the head coach was willing to give it a try.
“(Watkins) said he wanted to try superback,” said Fitzgerald. “He’s been in there six practices and looks pretty good—really good, actually.”
However, Watkins now joins a crowded depth chart at superback, which includes two former converts—Jack Konopka and Brian Smith.
Fitzgerald is impressed with Watkins’ catching abilities and athleticism, and is optimistic in the move.
“Evan is a great kid and wants to play and wants to have a role,” said Fitzgerald. “I think he’s really honest with himself and sees where he’s at in his career and where his skill-set and his body are at, and he wants to get on the field.”