July 27, 2007
No Kansas State player is asked to contribute in more ways than Marcus Watts. The senior safety must be a leader and playmaker not only on the Wildcat defense, but also on virtually all special teams units. Health issues allowed Watts to appear in just nine games last season; K-State will need him on the field every week in 2007 if it hopes to compete for a North Division championship.
Despite missing four games Watts still finished with 26 tackles and two sacks. He led K-State in interceptions with three and tied for the team lead in forced fumbles with two. The Hays native also blocked a punt against Oklahoma State. In fact, Watts played at least as big of a role as Josh Freeman and Leon Patton did in the comeback against the Cowboys.
Not only did that blocked punt (which Watts injured his hand on) end up being recovered for a touchdown, Watts' interception in the end zone on the game's final play prevented quarterback Bobby Reid and his OSU teammates from stealing the win back from the Wildcats.
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