Sammy Watkins To Turn Professional

Clemson, SC—Clemson junior Sammy Watkins announced Monday that he will make himself available for the 2014 NFL draft. Watkins leaves Clemson as a three-time first-team All-American and the school’s record holder in terms of receptions and reception yards on a game, season and career basis. Even though he played just…

Clemson, SC—Clemson junior Sammy Watkins announced Monday that he will make himself available for the 2014 NFL draft. Watkins leaves Clemson as a three-time first-team All-American and the school’s record holder in terms of receptions and reception yards on a game, season and career basis. Even though he played just three years, he set 23 Clemson records.

“I am very thankful for the past three years at Clemson University that have enabled me to grow academically, athletically, and spiritually,” said Watkins. “After much prayerful consideration, I have decided to take the next step in pursuing my lifelong dream of playing in the NFL.

“I would not have this opportunity without the support and encouragement of my family, coaches, teammates, and the best fans in college football. No matter where my next steps may lead, I will always take pride in the PAW and will forever be a part of the Clemson family.”
Watkins finished his Clemson career in grand style as he was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Discover Orange Bowl. He had 16 receptions for 227 yards and two scores in Clemson’s 40-35 win over sixth-ranked Ohio State.

The 16 receptions and 227 receiving yards established a Clemson single game record and an Orange Bowl record. The 16 receptions also tied an ACC standard for any game and established a record for a BCS Bowl game. The 227 yards were the second most receiving yards in any BCS Bowl game.

Watkins finished the 2013 season with 101 receptions for 1464 yards and 12 touchdowns. He broke Aaron Kelly’s record for receptions in a season (88 in 2007) and receiving yards (DeAndre Hopkins 1405 in 2012).

The native of Fort Myers, FL was a first-team All-American this year by the American Football Coaches Association and was a finalist for the 2013 Biletnikoff Award.

Watkins finished his career with 240 receptions for 3,391 yards and 27 touchdowns. The reception total and yardage total are Clemson records and the touchdown total tied former teammate DeAndre Hopkins, who is now with the Houston Texans of the NFL.

He finishes his career ranked second in ACC history in career receptions and third in reception yardage. He is tied for eighth in touchdown receptions and tied for second in 100-yard receiving games with 15. He finished his career with 5,129 all-purpose yards, second in Clemson history to C.J. Spiller’s 7588 and ninth in ACC history.

In terms of national rankings this year, Watkins was seventh in reception yards per game with 112.6, 10th in touchdown receptions with 12, and 11th in receptions/game with 7.8. He led the nation in receptions vs. teams with a winning record with 67 and was second in yardage with 1009. He was the only player in the nation with two receptions of at least 90 yards.

Clemson Records Held by Sammy Watkins (23)

Single Game (4)
Receptions: ^@16 vs. Ohio State, 2013
Reception Yards: 227 vs. Ohio State, 2013
Reception Yards in Half: 177 vs. Wake Forest, 2012
All-Purpose Yards: 345 vs. Maryland, 2011

Season (9)

Receptions: 101 in 2013
Receptions/Game: 7.8 in 2013
Reception Yards: 1,464 in 2013
Reception Yards/Game: 112.6 in 2013
100-yard Receiving Games: 8 in 2013
Consecutive 100-Yard Games: #3 in 2013 (twice)
Kickoff Returns: 33 in 2011
Kickoff Return Yards: 826 in 2011
Receptions 90 Yards or More: 2 in 2013

Career (10)

Receptions: 240 from 2011-13
Receptions/Game: 6.67 from 2011-13
Reception Yards: 3391 from 2011-13
Reception Yards/Game: 92.2 from 2011-13
Touchdown Receptions: #27 from 2011-13
100-Yard Receiving Games: 15 from 2011-13
150-Yard Receiving Games: 7 from 2011-13
1000-Yard Receiving Seasons: #2 in 2011 and 2013
Years First-Team All-American: 3, 2011-12-13
ACC Receiver of the Week Selections: 7, from 2011-13
#Tied Record
^Tied ACC Record
@BCS Bowl Record

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GrandTango January 6, 2014 at 3:39 pm

‘Bout time the timid Tater fans admitted that their future is bolting. The media is crapping its pants over this. You can tell by how slow they are to report these BIG BIG developments…

Bryant is gone too, in addition to Beasley and Breeland…WOW!!!…and Tajh has used up his eligibility…..

If Chad gets another job, hide the kitchen knives. Clemson will be lucky to make a bowl in 2014 if er’body keeps leaving. …but of course, the ACC is like playing a D-II schedule…I could see Clemson petition to get FSU off its schedule, so there will only be one Guaranteed loss (to USC) every year….

CNSYD January 6, 2014 at 4:12 pm

GT got himself some good rock today.

GrandTango January 6, 2014 at 4:53 pm

So you give those players leaving, and Chad Morris, no credit for Clemson’s success???….it’s all Dabo I guess to hear yall, and him, tell it…

Scrappy January 6, 2014 at 5:03 pm

Clemson has sent 211 players to the NFL.
Carolina has sent 180.
Clemson has 27 players on NFL rosters. Carolina has 24.

I’m guessing that Dabo thinks sending 4 juniors off to the NFL is pretty impressive. Nice recruiting class btw. #33 for Carolina. #15 for Clemson and Dabo. This includes the #1 ranked QB in the country. Not bad for insurance salesman from Pelham, Alabama.

GrandTango January 6, 2014 at 5:43 pm

0-5 is not a bad number for Dabo either, since numbers mean so much to you…..

And w/ those defections, make it 0-6…and there ain’t a D@*n thing you can do about it…Hahahahaha…

Original Good Old Boy January 6, 2014 at 6:39 pm

Not sure where you got your numbers, but you are wrong. USC has 29 players in the NFL, compared to 22 for Clemson. Source: the NFL.

Smirks January 6, 2014 at 5:10 pm

Good luck to him. Clemson or Carolina, always hope for the best for these young athletes.

Same ol' Same ol' January 6, 2014 at 5:13 pm

Good luck to him. Clemson will sorely miss him next year.
Gonna be an interesting football year in SC.

Name January 7, 2014 at 1:04 pm

Still waiting on that riveting article about Sammy’s improper benefits, Sic…


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