Wisconsin Running Back Nakia Watson Enters Transfer Portal

Now former Wisconsin Running Back, true sophomore Nakia Watson, has entered the transfer portal.

Watson started four of UW’s seven games this season, but did not play in the final two games of the reason for undisclosed reasons. He carried the ball 53 times for 191 yards and three touchdowns in 2020. He finished his UW career with 522 rushing yards and five touchdowns.

Though Watson was the starter to begin the season, it was clear that true freshman Jalen Berger had overtaken Watson for the starting position and appears to be the future at running back. Berger led UW in rushing with 301 yards despite not playing in three games.

Despite being a sophomore this year, Watson has three years of eligibility remaining since the 2020 season didn’t count towards a year of eligibility for any player. Watson will be allowed to play immediately wherever he ends up transferring.

In addition to Berger, the running back room also includes sophomore Isaac Guerendo, redshirt freshman Julius Davis, while UW also added three running backs in the 2021 recruiting class.

UW is still waiting on a decision from Garrett Groshek on whether he’ll return for his second senior season or not. UW is also in the mix to get former 4-star recruit Markese Stepp, who announced his transfer from USC in December.

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