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12/04/13 - 2013 ALL-ACC FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson, 6-1, 205, Jr., Fort Myers, Fla. (191)...Watkins ranks 11th in the nation and leads the ACC in receiving yards with 1237 so far this season. He also has 10 touchdown receptions on his 85 receptions. He needs just four receptions in Clemson's bowl game to break Aaron Kelly's record for a season in terms of total catches. Watkins was a first-team All-ACC selection in 2011 as a freshman. The native of Fort Myers, FL is a finalist for the 2013 Biletnikoff Award, which is given to the outstanding receiver in college football. - Clemson football
11/04/13 - WEEK 10 ACC RECEIVER OF THE WEEK: Sammy Watkins, Clemson, Jr, WR, 6-1, 205, Fort Myers, Fla.,...Watkins had another record-setting day with eight catches for 169 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday’s win at Virginia. It marked Watkins’ 13th career 100-yard receiving day, breaking the school record of 12 previously held by former teammate DeAndre Hopkins. It was Watkins’ sixth 100-yard receiving game of the year.
Watkins had a 33-yard scoring reception from Tajh Boyd in the first quarter on Clemson’s first possession of the game. He then caught a 96-yard scoring pass from Boyd on the first possession of the second half, Watkins’ second reception of at least 90 yards this season. Watkins is the only receiver in college football with a pair of 90-yard scoring receptions in 2013. Saturday’s big play was the longest pass reception on the road in Clemson history. - ACC football
11/02/13 - Tajh Boyd sent Sammy Watkins out wide to the right, and saw freshman Tim Harris sliding over in man-to-man coverage. Clemson faced a third-and-15 from its 4 yard-line, a situation that usually calls for a more conservative play call, but Boyd saw the home run potential of the matchup and went for it. Moments later, Watkins was easing into the end zone after a 96-yard touchdown catch that gave the ninth-ranked Tigers a 42-7 lead against Virginia, and Boyd and Watkins were done for the night in what became a 59-10 victory on Saturday.
''When they're out there,'' Boyd said of Watkins and fellow speedy receiver Martavius Bryant, ''you've just got to throw your arm out, honestly, and they'll run and go get it.'' The Tigers did plenty of that in what Boyd and coach Dabo Swinney called their most complete performance of the season. It came two weeks after their worst, a 51-14 loss to No. 3 Florida State, and marked the start of a big finish, Boyd said. ''November is when we want to play our best football,'' Boyd said. ''Hopefully we put a stamp on it today and we're just going to try to take off from here.''
Boyd finished 24 of 29 for 377 yards. He's now been in on 116 career touchdowns, with 93 through the air and 23 running. He's also 4-0 against teams from his home state, having won three prior meetings against Virginia Tech. Watkins caught eight passes for 169 yards and two scores. It was his sixth 100-yard game this season
10/28/13 - Smooth Sammy Watkins an easy projection at WR for NFL scouts...As the game went on and it became increasingly obvious that Clemson was reliant on Watkins to make a big play, Maryland worked to take him out of the game. He caught only four passes in the second half with bracket coverage and linebackers dropping off into his zone frequently forcing Boyd to look elsewhere. Watkins didn't help his own cause as he fumbled his 13th touch of the game, a quick receiver screen in which he failed to protect the ball with both hands. The loss of technique led to a lost football when Watkins simultaneously absorbed hits from two different Maryland defenders.
The 6-foot-1, 205-pound junior is NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated receiver. Quick, strong and possessing the explosive speed to burn corners who challenge him in bump and run coverage, Watkins projects as an ideal flanker in much the same mold as Pierre Garcon (6-0, 212). Of course, Watkins' dominance in college football has come against elite competition, whereas Garcon had to work his way into a starring role after playing collegiately at Mount Union. Watkins explodes off the line of scrimmage and out of his breaks, easily separating from defenders. Most impressive, however, is the fluidity with which he catches the ball and gets upfield. There, his vision and maneuverability make him a threat to score from anywhere. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
10/28/13 - Smooth Sammy Watkins an easy projection at WR for NFL scouts...Every fan of the sport knows that there is a difference between timed speed and football speed. Football is rarely a game of straight-lines, making fluidity and general athleticism much more critical than just a 40-yard dash time. In much this same way, some receivers possess a natural ability to pluck the ball, tuck it away and accelerate in one smooth motion that makes them even greater than the sum of their parts. Sammy Watkins is one such receiver.
The Clemson Tigers leaned heavily on Watkins early in their matchup with Maryland, with Tajh Boyd targeting him 12 times in the first half. He caught 10 of those passes for 127 yards to help stake Clemson to a 16-7 halftime lead. By comparison, Boyd's nine other completions of the first half nettedthe Tigers just 60 yards. Watkins' production (14 catches for 163 yards) was critical to the Tigers' success in part because Boyd was hampered by a sore leg. As Maryland worried less about Boyd's threat as a runner they tightened against the pass, alternately blitzing and dropping back extra defenders into coverage. As a result, the senior quarterback struggled again with accuracy from the pocket, just as he did a week ago against Florida State. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com