Q & A With Derek Watson
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  10/03/2003


Senior Derek Watson is walk-on offensive lineman stationed as the No. 2 center behind Ryan Cook. Watson is an in-state product who is extremely dedicated to the program. He is a solid backup and a very disciplined, hard worker, who has lettered the past two years with his special teams play. Watson was a redshirt in 1999 and didn't see any action in 2000. He has played both center and guard in his UNM career. Q: What are your personal goals on the field for the rest of the 2003 season? DW: I need to play to the best of my ability and help contribute to this team winning the Mountain West Conference Championship.

Question: What does it take to make a team as a walk-on?

Derek Watson: "It took a lot of hard work, dedication and determination. I had to face adversity and other difficulties but earning a scholarship made it all worthwhile."

Q: Which part of your game do you feel you need to continue to work on to become a more complete player?

DW: "Coach Bostad has taught us that there is always room for improvement in all areas of your game, even fundamentals. One specific area would be cut blocks."

Q: What is the toughest part of playing on the offensive line?

DW: "The toughest aspect is getting five linemen to play as one unit. All five must be technically sound and mistake free in order to be successful."

Q: What non-football talents or hobbies do you have? Which hobbies would you like to pick-up or improve off the field?

DW: "I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I also like watching movies. I could definitely use some improvement on my hunting skills."

Q: Who is the best player you have played with or against?

DW: "Brian Urlacher."

Q: Where's the toughest place you've had to play on the road and why?

DW: "Texas Tech, the crowd is hostile and very loud."

Q: What's the best class you've taken at UNM and why?

DW: "Exercise Physiology taught by Dr. Len Kravitz, because it was very interesting and insightful."

Q: What do you and your teammates need to do to accomplish your team goals this season?

DW: "We need to believe in each other and win the Mountain West Conference Championship."

Q: What made you choose UNM? What impressed you?

DW: "I came here because UNM had a reputation of being a hard-working and mentally tough program."

Q: What is it like to be able to play close to your hometown?

DW: "It's really great to play in my home state and being able to see my family, friends and people I know in the stands at the games."