|31 Ben Watkins
Saw action in all 12 seasonal games as a reserve in the defensive secondary and on special teams ... Credited with 11 tackles including nine solo stops ... Finished tied for second on the team with two forced fumbles, punching the football loose against Middle Tennessee State and at home against Elon ... Recovered a fumble at Georgia Southern.
2012 (Junior): Played in all 11 games with one start on defense ... Also saw extensive time on special teams ... Made his WCU debut and first start in the season opener against Mars Hill ... Recorded 12 tackles on the season including six solo stops ... Named to the 2012-13 Southern Conference Honor Roll ... Posted a career-high five tackles in the opener against Mars Hill ... Spent the summer working as an intern for the Catamount Club.
2011 (Sophomore): Transferred prior to the 2011 season ... Named the defensive scout team player of the week following the Georgia Southern game.
Prior to Western Carolina: Spent one season at the Univ. of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio; High School: Graduated from Pope High with a 3.6 cumulative GPA ... Named to the second team All-Defense in Cobb County, while also representing the county in the Senior Bowl.
Personal: Is the son of Thom and Jane Watkins ... Was born in Naperville, Ill. ... Has two siblings; Sallie Watkins Robinson and a twin sister, Shelley ... His father, Thom, was an all-conference lineman at Souteast Missouri State.