Had an outstanding spring campaign and enters
preseason practice as the starter on the defensive
line at the nose tackle position ... Looks to make
an impact this year ... Big and strong and is a
good run stopper ... Made his Golden Eagle debut
last season, after sitting out the 2004 to complete
NCAA transfer requirements ... Has worked hard
to improve his size and strength ... Transferred to
Southern Miss two years ago from Southern Cal...
2005 (r-So.): Played in eight games last year ...
Finished with three tackles on the season ...
Made his first tackle on an assist against
McNeese State (9/17) ... Also posted single
assists against Tulsa (10/8) and N.C. State (10/29)
... 2004 (r-Fr.): Sat out to meet NCAA transfer
requirements ... 2003 (Fr.): Redshirted at USC ...
Member of USC's 2003 National Championship
team ... Had arthroscopic surgery on his right
knee after the Oregon State game (12/6) ... Prep:He was a SuperPrep All-Southwest, Prep Star All-Southeast and Fox Sports Net South All-South Third Team pick as a senior defensive lineman at John
Curtis High School ... As a senior, he recorded 85
tackles (41 solo), 19 sacks, two forced fumbles
and two fumble recoveries .... Helped John Curtis
win the Louisiana state 4A title in 2002 ... As a
junior in 2001, he had 80 tackles and with 16
sacks ... Was also a member of the John Curtis
track team ... Personal: Son of Edwin and Loyce
Watson ... Majoring in coaching and sport admin-istration
... Born Aug. 29, 1985