Brian Wright, Marvin Sanders Named Offensive, Defensive Coordinators
Email: Ross Watson
2012 - Florida Atlantic University (Assistant Coach/DBs)
2008-2011 - Nebraska (Graduate Assistant)
2006-2007 - Mount Union (Assistant Coach/Cornerbacks)
Post-Season as a Coach
2011 - Capital One Bowl
2010 - Holiday Bowl
2009 - Holiday Bowl
2008 - Gator Bowl
2007 - National Runner-up (Mount Union)
2006 - National Champion (Mount Union)
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The Watson File
Hometown: Youngstown, OH
Education: 2006, B.S business administration, Mount Union; 2011, M.S. education, Nebraska
Marital Status: Sydney (Summer 2012 wedding)
Ross Watson was one of the first hires for first year head coach Carl Pelini. Watson brought the knowledge and culture that the young football team would need to make the transition to new defensive schemes. The results translated into a team that was ranked No. 27 nationally in pass defense. While the secondary played a pivotal role in the success of the defense, FAU's defense rose nearly 20 spots in the national rankings in scoring defense and was a major contributor in the Owls 35 spot improvement in national turnover margin. Keith Reaser was the mainstay among the corners and finished his junior campaign with 45 tackles, two interceptions and a fumble recovery which he returned for a score. While Reaser started in every game the opposite corner was held by D'Juan Smith who started the first nine. Smith finished his sophomore season with 25 tackles, an interception and a team high eight passes broken up. Watson will return all but Demetrius Williamson, who split time between safety and corner, and will have the experience of two off seasons and the first full season, in the program's 11 year history, where both the nickel and dime packages were used on a regular basis.
Ross Watson served four seasons as the graduate assistant coach with the Nebraska defensive staff. In his first two years in Lincoln, Watson assisted in a dramatic Cornhusker defensive resurgence. In 2009, Nebraska led the nation in scoring defense and finished the year ranked No. 7 nationally in total defense by improving its per game average by more than 125 yards. The previous season the Cornhuskers were second in the Big 12 in total defense.
At Mount Union
Watson joined the Huskers after spending two seasons as the cornerbacks coach at his alma mater, Division III powerhouse Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio. During Watson's two years on the Purple Raider staff, Mount Union posted a 29-1 record and won the 2006 national championship, before finishing as the Division III runner-up in 2007.
In 2007, Watson assisted with a defense that posted seven shutouts, including six-straight. Mount Union held opponents to just 173.7 total yards per game and intercepted 17 passes during the season. In 2006, the Raider defense was just as strong, allowing just 186.0 yards per game and earning four shutouts in its perfect 15-0 season. Mount Union also intercepted 22 passes during its 2006 championship run.
Collegiate Playing Career
Watson was a four-year letterwinner (2002-05) for Mount Union before joining the coaching staff. He started each of his final three years at cornerback and earned first-team All-Ohio Athletic Conference and first-team AFCA All-America honors as a senior in 2005. Watson led the team with nine interceptions as a senior, just one shy of the school record. In his career, Watson totaled 146 tackles, 14 interceptions and 29 pass breakups.