2004: Watkins came out of 2004 spring practice as the starter at left offensive guard and will attempt to hold onto the job as a senior in 2004.
2003: Watkins was a backup offensive left guard behind Lenny Vandermade as a junior in 2003. He appeared briefly in 7 games in 2003 (Auburn, Hawaii, Arizona State, Notre Dame, Arizona, UCLA and Oregon State). He also was a shot putter for USC's track team.
2002: Watkins was a backup offensive guard and played on the field goal/PAT protection team as a sophomore in 2002. He appeared in all 13 games in 2002.
2001: Watkins saw brief action at offensive guard in 2 games (at Arizona and California) in his 2001 redshirt freshman season.
2000: Watkins redshirted as a freshman offensive guard and center in 2000, his first year at USC.
HIGH SCHOOL: He was a 1999 Prep Star All-American, Super Prep All-Farwest, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, All-CIF San Diego first team, All-County, All-Conference and All-Grossmont South League pick as a senior two-way lineman at Helix High in La Mesa (Calif.).
As a 1998 junior, he made All-CIF San Diego first team, All-County and All-Grossmont South League. Helix was the CIF San Diego Section champion in 1998.
He also was a shot putter and discus thrower on the Helix track team, with bests of 59-11 and 172-0, respectively. He was the 2000 CIF San Diego Section and Grossmont League shot put champion. Current Trojan Reggie Bush also prepped at Helix.
TRACK: Watkins was a shot putter for the USC track team. He redshirted in the spring of 2001.
PERSONAL: He's an international relations major at USC. His sports hero is Jackie Robinson. His brother, Todd, is a junior wide receiver at BYU who formerly played at Norfolk State and Grossmont Junior College. His father, Don, was a lineman at Pasadena City College and also played with the San Diego Police Department's team. His uncle, Tom Watkins, was a running back at Iowa State from 1958 to 1960 (he is in the school's Athletic Hall of Fame) and in the NFL in the 1960s with the Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions and Pittsburgh Steelers.