After 3� seasons at Nebraska, senior free safety finally got his first start, on Oct. 14 against Texas Tech. It didn't take long for Watchorn, a 200-pound former walk-on who had previously been used primarily on special teams, to have another reason to cherish that day. In the first quarter, he intercepted a pass for the fourth consecutive game to set a school record. While Watchorn's streak ended last Saturday in a 59-0 rout of Baylor, his four interceptions put him in a tie for second in the Big 12.
With the Cornhuskers beginning their stretch drive for the national title this week at No. 3 Oklahoma, Watchorn has a greater incentive than the rest of the senior class to win a national championship. He didn't get a ring when the 1997 Huskers were co-national champions, because he quit the team following the death of his father, Keith.