Three Tulsa Players Joining NFL Rosters as Undrafted Free Agents

University of Tulsa football seniors Stetson Burnett, Shawn Jackson and Trey Watts, all three earning first-team all-conference honors in 2013, will try to make rosters this summer as each will be joining teams as undrafted free agents.

Burnett, who played both guard and tackle for the Golden Hurricane, has joined the Kansas City Chiefs. The 2013 Conference Defensive Player of the Year, Jackson will attempt to make the roster with the New Orleans Saints, while Watts, Tulsa’s leading rusher in 2013, is heading to the St. Louis Rams.

Burnett (Lawton, Okla.) is a 6’4”, 314-pound offensive lineman, who played in 46 career games and had 41career starts. The four-year starter played and started 10 games as a senior, starting at both right guard and right tackle.

A Tulsa native who played at McLain High School, Jackson was a four-year starter with the Hurricane, playing in 49 games and starting 46 contests. He completed his career with 401 tackles, 55.5 s for -230 yards, 23.5 sacks for -146 yards, 15 s, nine interceptions, six forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries. Jackson holds the school records for s (55.5), sacks (23.5) and shares the record for career fumble recoveries (6), while ranking second in tackles, falling 12 shy of the school record.

The 6-foot, 245-pound Jackson had 15 career double-figure tackle games and scored three defensive touchdowns in his career. As a senior, Jackson had 124 tackles, including 76 solos, 18.5 s for -68 yards, 5.5 sacks for -33 yards, five interceptions, three fumble recoveries and three pass break-ups. He totaled eight double-figure tackle games this year, including the final five games. Jackson ranked seventh in the nation for solo tackles, 11th for s, 12th for total tackles, 18th for interceptions and 22nd for fumble recoveries.

Watts (Fairfax, Va.) began his career as a walk-on with the Hurricane and left Tulsa ranked third on the school’s career rushing list with 3,515 yards and 18 touchdowns. He became just the fourth player in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in two separate seasons. Watts also had 1,272 kickoff return yards and two TDs, as well as 325 punt return yards and one TD in his career. He totaled 15 100-yard career rushing games, including eight in the 2013 season.

The 5’11”, 200-pound running back totaled 1,329 rushing yards and 11 TDs for a 5.0 average, while also tallying 395 receiving yards, 147 punt return yards and 186 kick return yards in 2013. As a senior, Watts was one of three finalists for the Brandon Burlsworth Trophy, given to the top collegiate player who began his career as a walk-on athlete.

Updated 05-12-2014

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