UND Roster

2017-18 Football Roster

#7 Nick Watkins


Height 6'1''
Weight 207 lbs.
Class Senior
Hometown DeSoto, TX
High School Bishop Dunne


  • Tackles: 3, 2x, last vs. Ohio State, Jan. 1, 2016 (3-0)
  • Pass breakups: 1, vs. Ohio State, Jan. 1, 2016


  • Missed the entire season after breaking his arm during spring practice


  • Played in 12 games, primarily on special teams and as a reserve cornerback, but made his first career start in the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against Ohio State (Jan. 1)
  • Did not play against Boston College (Nov. 21)
  • Registered three tackles against UMass (Sept. 26)
  • Recorded three solo tackles and a pass breakup against the Buckeyes
  • Added assisted tackles against Texas (Sept. 5) and Navy (Oct. 10)


  • Played in 11 games, predominantly on special teams
  • One of eight true freshmen on defense to play in at least eight games in the regular season (Nyles Morgan, Greer Martini, Drue Tranquill, Andrew Trumbetti, Grant Blankenship, Kolin Hill and Daniel Cage)
  • One of 10 Irish freshmen who made his career debut in the season-opening victory over Rice (Aug. 30)
  • Did not see the field in the 31-0 rout of Michigan (Sept. 6) or the 17-14 victory over No. 14 Stanford (Oct. 4)
  • Played in the victories over Purdue (Sept. 13), Syracuse (Sept. 27) and North Carolina (Oct. 11)
  • Saw action at No. 2 Florida State (Oct. 18)
  • Contributed on special teams in the win over Navy (Nov. 1)
  • Played at No. 11 Arizona State (Nov. 8), vs. Northwestern (Nov. 15), vs. Louisville (Nov. 22) and at USC (Nov. 29), but did not register any statistics


  • Ranked as 123rd best player nationally by ESPN, 186th by Rivals. com and 205th by Scout.com
  • Named to USA Today American Family Insurance All-USA Texas team for 2013
  • First-team Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools Division I all-state pick for 2013
  • TAPPS District I Division I Defensive MVP
  • Standout in secondary at Bishop Dunne High School in Dallas, Texas
  • One of 27 defensive backs and eighth player overall on Dallas Morning News rating of top 100 area players
  • Helped team to 7-5 mark in 2013 and spot in TAPPS Division I state quarterfinals
  • Had three interceptions as a senior versus North Dallas
  • An academic all-state selection in 2013
  • Made four interceptions as a junior and caught 54 passes for 724 yards and 12 TDs
  • First-team all-district three straight seasons
  • Honorable mention all-state as a sophomore and junior in 2011 and 2012
  • As a sophomore made 49 tackles, five interceptions (two returned for scores), two fumble recoveries and a sack
  • All-district honorable mention as a freshman in 2010
  • Played in Under Armour All-American Game in St. Petersburg, Florida
  • Father, Bobby Sr., played at Southwest Texas (now Texas State) and with NFL’s Detroit Lions (1982-88)
  • Father was 1982 second-round NFL Draft pick who went on to make 20 career NFL interceptions and recover six fumbles
  • Older brother, Bobby, was a senior defensive back at Air Force in 2013
  • Enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business, majoring in management consulting