July 18, 2006

Watts ready to return to action

Kansas State free safety Marcus Watts, said after he was cleared by doctors to begin practicing June 13 that he "could feel" the decision was imminent.

Watts hopes to attain an equally positive feeling as a key in the Cover 2 defense system this fall.

The 6-foot-1, 191-pound Watts, who returns the third-most tackles (71) of any defensive back in the Big 12 Conference and the most by any junior in the secondary, spent the past seven months rehabilitating from a dislocated left hip he suffered in the final game of last season.

He didn't participate in spring workouts, instead watching from the sidelines as the scheme under first-year defensive coordinator Raheem Morris took form on the field. The Cover 2 relies heavily on the two safeties diagnosing plays at the line of scrimmage.

"No problem," Watts said. "Once you've been through a season of it, you can just see it and it's engrained. When I do something it's engrained in my brain. It takes up 75 percent of my brain. Once I do something or see something once -- like as the season went on last year it became easier and easier for me to do things - it gets easier."

"By the last three or four games I could pick things up pretty easy. Every once in a while you're going to get faked out diagnosing a run or pass or reverse, but it's just a natural feeling that comes to you."

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