After a redshirt year in '98, Tyler had an excellent spring practice and battled
with Andrew Zow for the starting spot. Coach Mike DuBose saw that battle
as beneficial for both quarterbacks. "I am convinced that Tyler has made
Andew a better quarterback at this stage and I am convinced that both of
them will make us a better footbal team in the fall," DuBose said. He went on
to indicate that both Watts and Zow would play early in the season and he
would evaluate the situation from that point.
Prep: A SuperPrep and Prep Star All-America, Tyler completed 200 of
342 passes (58.5 percent) for 2,485 yards and 20 touchdowns as a senior.
He was intercepted 10 times. In addition, Watts rushed for 668 yards on 131
carries for an additional 14 TDs. Watts led the Panthers to a 9-3 record, as
Pelham reached the third round of the state playoffs. He was named 6A
Player of the Year by the Alabama Sports Writers' Association. As a junior,
he threw for 1,854 yards and 135 TDs and completed 151 of 280 passes.
Watts also ran for 552 yards and 12 TDs. He threw for 1,850 yards as a
sophomore and was Pelham's starting quarterback since his freshman season.
Tyler was named to The Birmingham News' Super All-Metro Team and
was the Metro Player of the Year and the No. 1 prospect on The
Tuscaloosa News' Sweet 16 and The Birmingham Post-Herald's Ten
Most Wanted list. He is also on The Atlanta Journal's Super Southern 100
team. Watts was on Jeff Whitaker's Southeastern Top 50 list. Tyler was a
second-team pick to the Fox Sports South "All-South" squad. He is a
standout third baseman, hitting .390 with eight home runs as a junior. He was
coached by Rick Rhoades. He was selected to play in the
Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game.
Personal: The son of Emily and Herman Watts, Tyler lists Larry Bird as the
leader he most admires. Born 3-3-79. He is a Business major.