RS Jr and backup DE Steve Watson's dad (also Steve Watson) is now Minnesota's receivers coach. The elder Watson was previously an assistant coach with the Broncos, his team during his entire nine year NFL career.
"I wish he had some eligibility left," Gophers coach Tim Brewster joked about the former Broncos Pro Bowl receiver, who caught 353 passes, 36 of them for touchdowns, in a nine-year career in Denver. "He was a very good player, a tough-minded guy. I had great appreciation for how he played the game. Our young receivers benefit from the experience of a guy who's been there."
So they say. Watson joined Brewster's staff in the spring after eight seasons in various assistant coaching roles for the Broncos, charged with turning a bunch of athletes with little group identity into a Big Ten-caliber offensive weapon. Watson was Denver's receivers coach from 2003 to '06, associate head coach in 2007 and '08 but left the Broncos after the 2008 season when Mike Shanahan departed as head coach.