Jason Watkins (American football)
|Date of birth:||July 10, 1985|
|Place of birth:||New Orleans, Louisiana|
|Height:||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Weight:||325 lb (147 kg)|
|High school:||Lakeland (FL) Lake Gibson|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
Watkins was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He attended Lake Gibson High School in Lakeland, Florida as a junior and senior, playing football only two years and earning Class 4A all-state, all-county and all-conference first-team accolades as a senior. He participated in the 2003 Cali-Florida Bowl.
Watkins received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for coach Urban Meyer's Florida Gators football team from 2005 to 2008. Watkins helped the Gators win two National Championships (2006 and 2008) as member of the offensive line that paved the way for Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Tim Tebow.
In his senior season, Watkins was named honorable mention All-Southeastern Conference by the Associated Press, as he produced 78 knockdowns to go with 12 touchdown-resulting blocks. He graded 81.71% and was part of a front wall that gave up just 16 sacks. The Gators went on to capture the national title behind an offense that averaged 445.07 yards and 43.64 points per game
|Ht 6||Wt||40-yard dash||20 ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad|
|6-6 *||318 lb *||5.49 *||5.03 *||7.89 *||24.5 in. *||90.0" *|
(* represents NFL Combine)
New York Sentinels
After playing in the UFL, Watkins was signed to the Buffalo Bills' practice squad on November 24. After his contract expired following the season, he was re-signed to a future contract on January 5, 2010.
- Carlson, Norm, University of Florida Football Vault: The History of the Florida Gators, Whitman Publishing, LLC, Atlanta, Georgia (2007). ISBN 0-7948-2298-3.