#21 - Matt Watkins
|HIGH SCHOOL (PREV. SCHOOL)
2007: Started all 11 games ... recipient of team's Koenig Award ... named to ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District V First Team ... named to the American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team ... tallied a career-high 11 tackles at Jacksonville, including nine solos ... had 10 stops against San Diego ... intercepted a pass and returned it 24 yards against Morehead State ... also had picks against Dayton and Davidson ... forced a fumble against Butler ... had at least three tackles in every game ... named team's Defensive Player of the Week for the San Diego and Davidson games ... a First Team Pioneer Football League All-Academic Team selection ... named to the PFL Fall Academic Honor Roll.
2006: Appeared in all 11 games for the Crusaders, starting the final three of the season ... made a career high nine tackles at Dayton ... intercepted a pass at Butler ... assisted on a tackle for loss against Aurora ... had six tackles at Butler ... named team's Defensive Player of the Week against Butler and Dayton ... named to the Pioneer Football League Fall Academic Honor Roll.
2005: Started all 11 games for Valpo as a rookie ... tied for third on the team with 49 tackles ... forced a fumble against Austin Peay and recovered a fumble against Dayton ... broke up two passes ... had a season-high seven tackles at Austin Peay ... made four or more tackles eight times ...intercepted a pass at Wisconsin Lutheran ... named Defensive Player of the Week for the Dayton game ... named to the Pioneer Football League Fall Academic Honor Roll.
2004: Sat out the season as a redshirt.
Prep: A three-year letterwinner for the Comets ... A Fort Archent Valley Conference selection ... team captain ... named to the North-South All-Star Game ... an All-Southwest District pick.
Personal: Matt is the son of Todd and the late Darla Watkins ... earned bachelor's degree in marketing ... beginning master's degree in business ... born October 1, 1985.
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