Watson and Florida State running back Dalvin Cook are the only ACC players on the list, while Watson, Cook, Luke Falk of Washington State, Leonard Fournette of LSU and Christian McCaffrey of Stanford are the only sophomores.
Watson has been named National Player of the Week twice this year, including the Syracuse game last week when he was honored by the Football Writers Association. The native of Gainesville, Ga. completed 35-48 passes for 368 yards and and two scores and had 13 rushes for 105 yards, giving him 473 yards of total offense, his career high and the fourth highest figure in Clemson history.
For the season, Watson has completed 217-340 passes for 2,601 yards and 23 touchdowns. He has also gained 598 yards rushing in 108 carries and scored five times. He averages 5.5 yards per rush and has averaged 320 yards per game in total offense.
The 15 semifinalists include: Trevone Boykin of TCU, Corey Coleman of Baylor, Dalvin Cook of Florida State, Josh Doctson of TCU, Ezekiel Elliott of Ohio State, Luke Falk of Washington State, Leonard Fournette of LSU, Will Fuller of Notre Dame, Derrick Henry of Alabama, Desmond King of Iowa, Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma, Christian McCaffrey of Stanford, Emmanuel Ogbah of Oklahoma State, Keenan Reynolds of Navy and Watson.