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Ashton Watson
Ashton Watson

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Huber Heights, Ohio

High School:
Wayne

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 189

Position:
CB

Birthdate:
06/28/1983

Experience:
3L


Projected starter at left corner following an impressive rookie season...capped off a solid spring with three tackles, an interception and pass break-up in the April 19 scrimmage...AS A FRESHMAN: Emerged as one of eight true freshmen to letter in 2002, appearing in 11 games (DNP vs. Minnesota) and playing 185 minutes...came on strong late in the season, starting the last three games (vs. Indiana, Purdue and Penn State) at cornerback...recorded 20 tackles (16 solos, 4 assists), with 13 of those stops coming over the last three games...made four solo tackles vs. Penn State...produced a season-high five stops (3-2) and picked off the first pass of his career vs. Purdue...his interception ended a Purdue drive deep into MSU territory and his 35-yard return to midfield set up the Spartans' first touchdown...also played a season-best 42.5 minutes vs. Purdue...contributed four tackles (3-1), including one behind the line of scrimmage (2 yards), in the first start of his career vs. Indiana...had three stops (2-1) and two pass break-ups vs. Michigan...delivered three solo hits in his collegiate debut vs. Eastern Michigan...HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: PrepStar All-American...ranked among the nation's top 25 cornerbacks by Rivals100.com...named to SuperPrep's and the Prep Football Report's All-Midwest Teams...rated among the Midwest's top prospects by SuperPrep (No. 62) and Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report (No. 93)...selected to play in the Ohio North-South All-Star Game...recorded 50 tackles, two interceptions and nine pass break-ups as a senior...earned second-team All-Western Ohio honors as a junior...credited with 40 stops and seven interceptions in 2000, including three picks vs. Fairfield...his 13 career interceptions tied the school record...three-year starter for Coach Jay Minton at Wayne High School in Huber Heights, Ohio...also lettered in basketball as a sophomore and track as a junior...son of Larry and Saundra Martin...born June 28, 1983.

Watson's Statistics
	G/GS	UT	AT	TM	TFL	INT	PBU
2002	11/3	16	4	20	1-2	1-35	2

Watson's Career Highs Tackles: 5, vs. Purdue (2002) Tackles for Losses: 1, vs. Indiana (2002) Interceptions: 1, vs. Purdue (2002) Pass Break-Ups: 2, vs. Michigan (2002)

Watson's Game-By-Game Statistics 2002 Defense UT AT TM TFL INT PBU Eastern Michigan 3 0 3 0-0 0-0 0 Rice 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0 California 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0 Notre Dame 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0 Northwestern 1 0 1 0-0 0-0 0 Iowa 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0 Minnesota DNP Wisconsin 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0 Michigan 2 1 3 0-0 0-0 2 Indiana 3 1 4 1-2 0-0 0 Purdue 3 2 5 0-0 1-35 0 Penn State 4 0 4 0-0 0-0 0 Totals 16 4 20 1-2 1-35 2

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