While at James Madison, Watford appeared in 43 games with 37 starts, including starts in each of his final 35 appearances … a two-time first-team All-Colonial Athletic Association selection, he earned first-team All-America honors as a senior while serving as a team captain.
2012: The top-rated offensive lineman for the Dukes, Watford started all 11 games while also serving as a team captain as a senior … earned All-America honors from The NFL Draft Report, Walter Camp Foundation, American Football Coaches Association, Associated Press and The Sports Network and was a first-team All-CAA selection for the second consecutive season … allowed just one sack on the year and graded out 80 percent or higher six times and 90 percent or better twice … finished with an overall mark above 85 percent for the season and had 25 knockdowns while leading an offense that ranked fourth in rushing in the CAA at 209.0 yards per game and 4.6 yards per rush.
2011: Earned All-America accolades from The NFL Draft Report and The Sports Network and was named first-team All-CAA and Roanoke Times Division I and All-Virginia second-team … extended his starting string to 24 games while starting all 13 games at LG … helped lead the Dukes to the second round of the NCAA Division I Football Championship ... paved the way for a squad that averaged 222.5 yards per game rushing and 4.7 yards per carry.
2010: Took over LG duties and started all 11 games to earn his second letter ... led the way as the Dukes rushing game finished third overall in the Colonial Athletic Association.
2009: Played in eight games as a redshirt freshman, getting starts against Hofstra at LG and vs. Richmond at LT.
2008: Redshirted as a true freshman.
Attended Simon Gratz (Philadelphia, PA) High School where he was a first-team All-City selection and was named to the second-team All-Decade Public team on the defensive line by the Philadelphia News … majored in Communications Sciences and Disorders.
Watch LB Alex Okafor and G Earl Watford sign their four-year contracts at Cardinals HQ in Tempe. Both players were selected in the 4th round of the 2013 NFL Draft.