RB Williams, CB Watkins transfer to Houston

Running back Terence Williams (22) rushed for 1,048 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2016 at Baylor.Photo Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (File photo)

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Running back Terence Williams and cornerback Nick Watkins officially transferred to the University of Houston on Tuesday, the school announced.

Williams (Baylor) and Watkins (Notre Dame) are graduate transfers so both will be immediately eligible to play for the Cougars in the 2018 season.

The duo joins a pair of other high-profile graduate transfers with the Cougars — quarterback Quinten Dormady (Tennessee) and linebacker Darrion Owens (Miami-Fla.).

Williams was limited to eight games last season due to a shoulder injury and finished with only 255 yards rushing and one touchdown on 73 carries.

However, the 6-foot-1, 220-pound Williams rumbled for 1,048 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2016, when current Houston offensive coordinator Kendal Briles served in the same capacity at Baylor. Duke Catalon, the Cougars’ leading rusher in 2017, left the team before spring practice.

Watkins started nine of 12 games for the Fighting Irish last season, recording 28 tackles, breaking up eight passes and making one interception.

A broken arm caused Watkins to miss the 2016 season, but he appeared in 12 games as a sophomore, making his first career start in the Fiesta Bowl vs. Ohio State.

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