UD Football BIO
22 Justin Watson

Fourth-year member of the squad as a junior • one of four returning starters in the UD secondary • strong All-Colonial Athletic Association candidate • teams with sophomores Nasir Adderley and Malcolm Brown to form one of the top cornerback combinations in the CAA • could also contribute on special teams • outstanding athlete who has good speed and defensive skills • former running back who can make things happen with the ball in his hands • has played in 23 career games at Delaware, all starts, and recorded 86 tackles (54 solo) and 12 pass breakups • had two tackles and a pass breakup in the Blue-White spring game in May.

Earned third team All-Colonial Athletic Association honors as one of the top cornerbacks in the league • one of four Delaware defensive backs to start all 11 games • ranked fifth on the team and second among UD defensive backs with 45 tackles (26 solo stops) • had two tackles for loss and tied for team lead with eight pass breakups • had at least one tackle in every game and had a season-high six stops four times • had six tackles in each of the first three games of the year vs. Jacksonville, Lafayette, and Villanova and also reached that total against Towson • had two pass breakups each vs. Jacksonville, North Carolina, and Elon • led a unit that ranked No. 5 in the CAA and 24th in the NCAA in total defense (329.2) and was No. 3 in scoring defense (20.5/22nd in NCAA) • named Blue Hen Touchdown Club Defensive Player of the Week vs. Elon • had one tackle in Blue-White spring game in May.

Earned starting cornerback position as a redshirt freshman • started all 12 games at cornerback and was one of five defensive players and two defensive backs to start every game • ranked second among UD defensive backs with 41 tackles (28 solo) and had a half-sack • ranked fifth on team with four pass breakups • had at least one tackle in all 12 games led by a career-high seven stops in win at James Madison • added five stops vs. Delaware State and four each vs. Colgate, Elon, and New Hampshire • had half-sack vs. Albany • named Blue Hen Touchdown Club Defensive Player of the Week vs. Towson and BHTD Club Special Teams Player of the Week vs. New Hampshire (recovered on-side kick) • team ranked No. 4 in the CAA in passing yards allowed per game (197.2) • enjoyed an outstanding spring and was named the Blue Hen Touchdown Club Most Improved Player on defense for the session • had two tackles (one solo) in the Blue-White Spring Game. 

Did not see game action as a backup cornerback and retained freshman eligibility • moved up to No. 3 on depth chart.

Played at Friendship Collegiate High School for head coach Aazar Raheem • played cornerback and running back and returned kicks • earned All-Metro honorable mention honors as a defensive back in 2012 as a senior • team went 8-3 and captured the Washington, D.C. city title his senior year • intercepted three passes and had four punt returns for touchdowns in 2012 • scored two touchdowns in the city championship game • also a member of the track & field team as a sprinter.

Justin Bynum Watson • born Jan. 10, 1995 • son of James Watson and Theresa Williams • energy and environmental policy major at Delaware • hobbies include drawing. 


Year G/S Tackles (Solo)
2015 11/11 45 (26) 0-0 / 2-3 0/0 0/8
2014 12/12 41 (28)
0.5-3 / 0.5-3
0/0 0/4
TOTALS 23/23 86 (54)
0.5-3 / 2.5-6

Tackles: 7 vs. James Madison, 2014; 6 vs. Jacksonville, Lafayette, Towson, Villanova, 2015
Pass Breakups: 2 vs. Jacksonville, North Carolina, Elon 2015

Position: Defensive Back
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 180
Year: Redshirt Junior
Hometown: Washington, D.C.
High School: Friendship Collegiate Academy
Major: Energy & Environmental Policy
Experience: 2 Letters
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