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#23 Mark Watley
Position: Defensive Back
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 180
Year: Junior
Hometown: Encino, Calif.
Experience: 1 Letter

At Arizona: Expected to compete for a starting role as a safety and on special teams in 2012 ... Solid junior year with 18 tackles as a backup, plus earned a start against Oregon after a good performance in Stillwater ... Had his first career interception off Brandon Weeden of OK State and five tackles ... Came through with career-high 11 tackles against the Ducks ... Three PBUs against OK State, OSU and UCLA ... Lettered on special teams and in backup duty in 2010, appearing in 11 games ... Had a tackle in the opener at Toledo ... Played in the Washington State game in 2009 ... UA Coaches' Scout Team POW for the UCLA game during his redshirt freshman season in 2008.

High School: Comes from a winning program with 2005-06 CIF Division X Championships under head coach Jeremiah Ross ... His 11-3 squad made it to Pac-5 title game in 2007 and won the Serra League Championship ... Tallied 110 tackles and two interceptions during his senior season ... Encino Sun All-Suns Second-Team ... Played safety ... Also recruited to compete in track and field collegiately ... Accomplished three-year middle sprinter for the Celts, with USA Track youth background, as well ... Won the Southern Section meet and placed fourth in the state 400-meter run in 2007, with 47.91 school-record mark ... Holds the school record in the 200 and 400 meters and as part of the 4x400-nmeter relay ... He finished fourth in the 400 meters at the California State Championships ... Also lettered in basketball as a shooting guard and small forward.

Personal: Son of Mark and Toni Watley ... His sister, Briauna, runs track at Washington State and his cousin, Durrell Summers, played basketball at Michigan State ... Majoring in general studies with a focus on social behavior and human understanding.

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