The Petal, MS native finished the season with a 10-3 record, to go along with a 3.26 ERA. He finished the season ranked in the top 10 in the Southland Conference in victories (1st), innings pitched (6th), and ERA (9th). For his performance he was named Louisiana Collegiate Pitcher of the Year, First Team All-Louisiana, ABCA All-South Region, and second team All-Southland Conference.
Watkins becomes the seventh baseball player in program history, and the third under Jay Artigues, to be named the Male Athlete of the Year. Previous winners are Wade Miley (2007-08), Chris Province (2006-07), Steve Trosclair (2000-01), Macky Waguespack (1998-99), Jeff Williams (1995-96), and Troy Melancon (1991-92).