Sept. 10, 2011 | Michie Stadium | West Point, N.Y.
About Watts: Started season at "whip" linebacker position, but moved to defensive end after Jarett Mackey's season-ending injury ... enters season listed with Mackey as co-starter at "quick" end spot ... Academic All-American ... on preseason watch list for Lott IMPACT Trophy.
2011: Started all 12 games, the last 11 at defensive end ... registered 26 total tackles ... tied for team lead with 6.5 tackles for loss and 3.0 quarterback sacks ... forced one fumble that led to Nate Combs' touchdown against Fordham ... tied his career high with five tackles at Air Force ... matched career best with four primary stops ... recorded a career-high 2.0 tackles for loss ... equaled career high with five tackles versus Navy ... named first-team Academic All-District I ... earned first-team Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America honors.
2010: Appeared in 11 games ... earned three starting assignments ... lined up with lead unit during service academy tilts versus Air Force and Navy and in Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl versus SMU ... ranked 15th among team leaders with 20 tackles ... credited with 16 primary hits ... made one tackle for loss, a quarterback sack ... added two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one blocked kick ... made collegiate debut in Army's season-opening defeat of Eastern Michigan ... recorded career high five tackles in collegiate starting debut against Air Force ... notched forced fumble and fumble recovery to aid road win at Tulane ... credited with punt block against Rutgers ... play led to an Army touchdown ... recorded first career sack and forced a fumble in bowl victory over SMU.
2009: Did not see any varsity action.
High School: Three-time all-conference performer at North Allegheny High in Wexford, Pa. ... played for head coach Art Walker ... two-way standout ... split time between defensive end and fullback positions ... served as team captain during senior campaign ... racked up 56 tackles and 8.0 sacks in senior season ... rushed for 203 yards and one score on 30 carries in final season ... earned additional varsity letter in wrestling.
Personal: Given name is Michael Zachary Watts ... parents' names are Gregory and Nancy Watts ... twin brother, Corey, is a sophomore defensive end on Army roster ... grandfather, Joseph Perriello retired from U.S. Army as a command sergeant major ... majoring in Engineering Management.