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Cornerback adjusts to play

November 22, 2002
Wisconsin wide reciever Jonathan Orr catches the ball for a touchdown despite efforts by MSU cornerback Ashton Watson during the fourth quarter of the MSU vs. Wisconsin football game at Spartan Stadium Saturday. MSU lost 42-24.

With three senior cornerbacks on the roster, it seemed improbable that a first-year player would get any significant playing time in the secondary this season for MSU.

And that's exactly the mentality freshman cornerback Ashton Watson carried into the game against Michigan on Nov. 2, despite warnings from coaches, players and his conscience. So when senior cornerback Cedric Henry came out of the game, Watson was a little unprepared.

"I didn't even have my pants buckled up," he said. "I didn't even think I was going to play. Then

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