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Cornerback Jaylen Watkins sawthe best of times and the worst of times at Florida.  Watkins, with the Gator defense, wasinstrumental in the 11-win season two years ago only to suffer through theworst season at Florida in decades last fall.

"It taught me to beaccountable," says Watkins.  "We went11-1, really good season..a lot of accountable guys then it taught me to dealwith a losing season, which was last year.. 4-8.. had a lot of things going on.

The experience also taught Watkinsabout more than just football as he is hoping to play in a league with aspotlight that does not shine on losing. He says the toughest part was seeing the coaches deal with abuse fromthe fans..  It's a team game and everyonetogether.  "There's no one player orcoach that caused us to lose any of those games. "

Certainly not Watkins. Whowas part of a deep and talented secondary. Watkins has played both corner and safety and has impressed scouts.

When asked what's the biggestchallenge of playing in the secondary his answer is, "The biggest challenge iskeeping everything in front of you. Our coaches always tell us if DL miss, LBcorrect them, if LB miss, we correct them, if we miss an assignment nobodycorrects us. That's the biggest challenge, because you can't have any.. onemistake is a touchdown."

Watkins did not make manymistakes in college .. And as he heads to the NFL he takes many memories fromplaying in the swamp, but he also cherishes the one "crossover" game his teamplayed each year. Watkins says playing in Tiger Stadium is crazy. "That wasprobably over my college career the best place I played in.. been there twice.It's loud, the fans are in to it.. it reminds you of the Swamp.. it's the onlyplace equivalent to The Swamp."

NowWatkins will hope his NFL experiences will be just as good.

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