12 - Corey Watson
Corey Watson
Birth Date: June 27, 1988
Height: 5-10
Weight: 185
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Sevierville, Tenn.
High School: Sevier County
Position: DB
Major: EXPW
Honors: FCS ADA Academic All-Star; CoSIDA Academic All-District

Not only has Corey made a successful move from receiver to cornerback, he has climbed to the top of the depth chart and is the projected starter at the field corner position for his senior season...following a redshirt season in 2007 due to an injury at the end of his high school career, Corey spent two years as a wide receiver for the Golden Eagles....moved in 2010 spring drills to defense and found a home in the secondary...his first season on the Golden Eagle roster had him at defensive back during his redshirt season, so he has returned to a familiar role...owns a tremendous work ethic...good combination of speed and strength...helps to provide an experienced foundation to the secondary...has exhibited steady improvement as he has gained experience...only thing keeping him from more playing time has been injuries...a real student of the game, he shows a strong knowledge of his position...has been on the Athletic Director's Honor Roll each of the past six semesters.

At Tech (In 2010): Made the move to the defensive side of scrimmage during spring drills and saw action in 10 games in the fall as a cornerback...also played on special teams...made 10 total tackles...had his first career interception in the game against Eastern Kentucky...missed the game at Southeast Missouri with an injury.

(In 2009):
Corey saw action in eight games as an outside receiver...had two catches for 42 yards...grabbed one pass for a 27-yard gain at Kansas State...his second catch covered 15 yards in game against Jacksonville State.

(In 2008):
Corey was on the field in 11 games as a redshirt freshman, lining up at receiver and also spending time on special teams...caught seven passes for 62 yards...had four receptions for 36 yards at Murray State for career-high numbers.

(In 2007): Sat out the entire 2007 season as a medical redshirt after an ankle injury and surgery.

HIGH SCHOOL: Corey was a standout two-way player at Sevier County High School, seeing time at quarterback and defensive back...a versatile player, he also lined up at wide receiver and kick returner on his way to earning Region 1-5A Offensive Player of the Year in his final two seasons...was also a two-time first-team all-region pick as a defensive back...a Tennessee-Kentucky All-Star game selection...during his prep career, he scored 80 points and returned three punts for touchdowns.

PERSONAL: The son of Don and Rhonda Watson... born June 27, 1988... full name is Corey Shea Watson... enrolled in EXPW.