CAREER HIGHS Receiving Receptions: 1, at Northwestern(Oct. 8, 2011) Yards: 9, at Northwestern (Oct. 8, 2011) Touchdowns: 1, at Northwestern (Oct. 8, 2011) Long: 9, at Northwestern (Oct. 8, 2011)
At Michigan ... four-year letterman ... appeared in 29 career contests and made four starts at tight end ... recorded eight tackles, one TFL and one pass breakup ... switched from tight end to defensive end prior to spring drills in 2009 ... switched back to tight end from defensive end prior to the 2011 season ... special teams contributor. Fifth-Year Senior (2011) ... Sugar Bowl champion ... earned fourth varsity letter ... played in all 13 games; appeared in three games as a fullback and 10 other games as a tight end, including four starts (Northwestern, Michigan State, Iowa, Nebraska); contributed on special teams in all 13 games ... NORTHWESTERN (Oct. 8) ... made first career start ... first career reception was a nine-yard touchdown.
Senior/Junior (2010) ... earned third varsity letter ... appeared in six contests ... made season debut on special teams vs. Bowling Green (Sept. 25) ... saw game action as a reserve at defensive tackle vs. Michigan State (Oct. 9) ... substituted in at defensive end vs. Iowa (Oct. 16) and at Penn State (Oct. 30) ... did not see game action vs. Illinois (Nov. 6) and at Purdue (Nov. 13) and vs. Wisconsin (Nov. 20) ... returned to action as a backup defensive end against Ohio State (Nov. 27) ... recorded three tackles as a reserve defensive end vs. Mississippi State (Jan. 1) in the Gator Bowl.
Junior/Sophomore (2009) ... earned second varsity letter ... played in six games ... appeared at linebacker and played on special teams vs. Western Michigan (Sept. 5) ... contributed on special teams against Notre Dame (Sept. 12), Eastern Michigan (Sept. 19) and Indiana (Sept. 26) ... did not see game action in road games at Michigan State (Oct. 3) or Iowa (Oct. 10) ... appeared at outside linebacker and special teams vs. Delaware State (Oct. 17), recording first career tackles (two) and one PBU ... did not play vs. Penn State (Oct. 24) ... made a career-high three tackles, including one TFL, at outside linebacker against Illinois (Oct. 31) ... did not see game action in final three games. Sophomore/Freshman (2008) ... earned first varsity letter ... played on special teams units in four games ... made collegiate debut on special teams at Purdue (Nov. 1) ... played special teams at Minnesota (Nov. 8) and vs. Northwestern (Nov. 15) ... contributed on special teams at Ohio State (Nov. 22). Freshman (2007) ... did not see game action.
Prep ... attended Mullen High School (2006) coached by Det Betti ... named team captain as a senior ... Key Statistics ... collected 59 catches for 720 yards and scored 10 receiving touchdowns during career ... recorded 15 career tackles and three sacks as a defensive end ... caught 28 balls for 428 yard and seven TDs as a senior ... made 16 receptions for 131 yards and a touchdown during junior season ... tallied 15 catches for 161 yards as a sophomore ... Honors and Rankings ... PrepStar Magazine All-American ... three-star prospect, the No. 19 tight end in the country and the No. 5 player in the state of Colorado by Rivals.com ... four-star recruit and the No. 15 tight end in the country according to Scout.com ... rated as the No. 17 tight end in the nation in the Velocity-PrepStar Top 250 ... named first-team All-Centennial Conference as a tight end following senior season ... selected as the top tight end in Class 5A by the Rocky Mountain News ... named to the All-Colorado team by the Denver Post and first-team all-state by the Rocky Mountain News ... all-league selection at tight end as a junior and second-team honoree as a sophomore ... earned honorable mention all-state honors as a junior.
Personal ... Stephen Ross Watson was born May 5, 1988 in Denver, Colo. ... father, Steve Sr., was a Pro Bowl receiver for the Broncos (1979-87) ... father played collegiately at Temple University (1975-78) ... enrolled in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts, majoring in general studies.