DCJaylen Watkins

Florida — SEC
  • Height: 6'0"
  • Weight: 181
  • Hometown: Cape Coral, Florida
  • Age: 22

Bio

2013 (SENIOR): Appeared in 48 games, with 28 starts, in his career at Florida…Played a versatile role in the Gators’ defensive backfield as a senior, playing cornerback and safety…Started three games at corner and six games at safety…The team’s third leading tackler on the season, with 52 tackles (31 solo)…Second on the team with seven pass breakups…Led the team in tackles in three games (Tennessee-7, Kentucky-10, Missouri-8)…Earned the team’s Gene Elleson Community Service Award…Named a captain on senior day against Florida State.

2012 (JUNIOR): Appeared in all 13 games and started 11 contests…Recorded 39 tackles on the season, totaled three interceptions and notched eight pass breakups…Grabbed his third interception of the season against Missouri, also had four tackles in the game…Recorded five tackles against South Carolina and Jacksonville State apiece…Had his second interception of the season with a pick against LSU and added four tackles in the game…Received the College Football Performance Award – Week 4 (DB) after recording his first career interception and returning it for a touchdown against Kentucky, also had two tackles against the Wildcats.

2011 (SOPHOMORE): Played in all 13 games, making eight starts, including starting the last six games of the season…Finished his season with 34 tackles and five pass breakups…Made multiple tackles in nine games…Tallied a tackle for a 12-yard loss against Florida State…Registered five tackles against Vanderbilt…Recorded a career-best six tackles at Kentucky, in his first career start.

2010 (FRESHMAN): Saw action in all but three games (Tennessee, Mississippi State, Georgia), mostly as a gunner on punt returns…Notched three tackles in the 2011 Outback Bowl victory over Penn State…Tallied two tackles in the home win over Appalachian State…Recorded his first career tackle and pass breakup in the win over USF…Saw action against Miami University in the season opener.

HIGH SCHOOL: A dual threat who played quarterback and defensive back at Cape Coral…The No. 4 cornerback prospect according to Scout.com…Participant in the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio…Named to the Top 150 Dream Team by PrepStar Magazine…Led Cape Coral to an 11-1 record in his senior season, advancing to the FHSAA 4A Regional semifinals…Passed for 1,230 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior and rushed for 928 yards with 10 touchdowns…Also had 29 receptions for 461 yards and five touchdowns…Named the Florida Athletic Coaches Association District 16 Player of the Year in 2009…Tallied 71 total tackles with 36 solo, three interceptions and a fumble recovery a junior, while also rushing for 329 yards and five touchdowns and passing for 419 yards and another five touchdowns as a part-time quarterback…Named all-area first-team and FSWA 5A second-team all-state in 2008…Ran track at Cape Coral and advanced to the 4A Track Championships in the 4x100 relay…Chose Florida over Alabama, Duke, Florida State, Miami, Tennessee and Wake Forest…Coached by Mike Goebbel.