Pat Watkins Bio


Posted Apr 30, 2006


A closer look at the Cowboys fifth-round draft pick.

Senior Year (2005): Played in all 13 games and started 10 at free safety...finished third on the team in tackles with 77...tied for the team lead in interceptions with fellow safety Kyler Hall (three)...was second on the active interception list in the ACC with 10...recorded a career-high in tackles against Miami with 10...tied that mark with 10 stops, including 1.5 for loss, in the Orange Bowl vs. Penn State...ranked second on the team in solo tackles with 44...a special teams standout as a gunner on the punt coverage team as well as on the kickoff team...made a solo open field tackle on punt coverage and downed a punt on the one-yard line in the ACC Championship game...was named a mid-season All-American by The Sporting News...named honorable mention ACC in 2005...played in 49 consecutive games to end his career.

Junior Year (2004): Played in and started all 12 games including the Seminoles' win over West Virginia in the Gator Bowl...finished tied with teammate Antonio Cromartie for second in the ACC with four interceptions ...tied for eighth in the ACC and second on the team with a single-season career-high 10 passes broken up...fifth on the team and second among defensive backs with 56 total tackles...tied for the team lead with two fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles...tied his season-high with nine tackles against Florida...established his career-high for assisted tackles with seven against the Gators...recorded five or more tackles seven times during the season with nine coming against Florida, eight coming at Miami and six each coming against Virginia, Maryland and NC State...interception against North Carolina was the second of his career against the Tar Heels...has intercepted passes against North Carolina in both 2003 and 2004.

Sophomore Year (2003): Played in all 13 games and earned one starting assignment with his first career start coming against Miami in the Orange Bowl...tied for the team lead along with cornerback Leroy Smith with a single-season career-high three interceptions...tied with Smith and four others for fifth in the ACC in interceptions per game ...his interceptions came against North Carolina, Georgia Tech and Miami during the regular season... interception against Georgia Tech came with 29 seconds remaining in the game, the Seminoles up 14-13, and the Yellow Jackets with the ball on Florida State's 46-yard line... interception against Miami came in the first quarter and stopped a drive with the Hurricanes up 6-0...ranked third on the team in passes brokenup with eight and fifth on the team in tackles with 62...a season-high nine total tackles came against Miami in the Orange Bowl during his first career start...recorded eight total tackles in the season opener against North Carolina...at least six tackles in a single game four times with six each in victories over Notre Dame and NC State... first career defensive touchdown - a 25- yard fumble recovery - could not have come at a better time for the Seminoles...scooped up a fumble by the Gators' Ciatrick Fason and returned it for a touchdown which helped the Seminoles tie the score at 24 late in the third quarter.

Freshman Year (2002): Played in 11 of Florida State's 14 games including the Seminoles' Sugar Bowl game against Georgia...earned playing time in each of the Seminoles final 11 games after seeing his first action against Duke...seven of his 10 tackles on the season came in the last five games of the season as he matured and quickly picked up the Seminoles' defensive scheme...finished his first season with 10 total tackles...made an impression in his first career game as he record his career-high of two total tackles including his first career unassisted tackle...also had a season-high two tackles against Wake Forest and Georgia Tech...forced his first career fumble against Wake Forest in the Seminoles' victory.

High School: Graduated from Lincoln High School in 2002...a USA All-America first-team selection by USA Today newspaper...a Parade magazine All-America first team selection...the no. 1 rated prep safety in the nation by TheInsiders.com and Max Emfinger...the No. 2 safety prospect in the nation and the No. 19 overall prospect by Rivals100.com...ranked as the 19th best prep player in the SuperPrep Elite 50 list...named to Bill Buchalter's Super 26 List of the top players in the state of Florida...ranked No. 21 nationally on Tom Lemming's list of the nation's top 100 players...the No. 1 safety and the No. 1 overall player in the state of Florida by Florida Kids magazine...named to Lindy's top 102 for 2002 list of the nation's top players...named to the Florida Times Union Super 75...played in the CaliForida All-Star game prior to his arrival at Florida State...credited with 140 tackles, six interceptions and two fumble recoveries and added six kickoff returns for touchdowns during his senior season...played at Lincoln with former Seminoles' Craphonso Thorpe and Andrew Henry-Kennon ...selected Florida State over Miami, Florida, Georgia and USC.

Personal: Born December 18, 1982...major is social science.


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