After a disappointing sophomore season in Madison, Wisconsin running back Nakia Watson has entered the NCAA transfer portal.

Watson had 19 carries in the Badgers 2020 season opener, but was later in the season passed by Jalen Berger and Garret Groshek as Wisconsin’s lead option to replace Jonathan Taylor his departure for the NFL after last season.

During his freshman campaign Watson served as the backup to Taylor, but only carried the ball 19 times this season behind both Berger and Groshek. Watson didn’t see a down of action during Wisconsin’s final two games of the season and last had more than 10 carries against Iowa.

Watson finished the season with a total of 53 carries covering 191 yards and three touchdowns, with an averaging of 3.6 yards per carry. In his two seasons with the Badgers, Watson gained 522 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 127 carries.

The NCAA introduced the transfer portal on Oct. 15, 2018, providing athletes a path to explore their options. Players do not need to ask permission from their coaching staff in order to transfer. They merely need to request that compliance enter their name. Usually, it takes 24-48 hours for a player to appear following their request. Schools are free to contact a player without restriction once their name appears in the portal.