Don Watson, one of Texas A&M’s fabled Junction Boys, died Tuesday at his home in The Woodlands, according to a family friend.

Watson, who graduated from Franklin, was among 35 players who survived the 10-day training camp in Junction in 1954 under legendary coach Paul “Bear” Bryant. They laid the foundation for the 1956 team that won the Southwest Conference championship.

The 5-foot-11, 155-pound Watson played halfback, lettering from 1954-56. He led them in punt and kickoff returns in 1954 and in punt returns in ’56.

Watson, who turned 86 on Monday, coached at Virginia Tech, Tulane, South Carolina and A&M before retiring in 1971 and getting into sales.

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