Humble Watkins ready for FSU

CLEMSON - Sammy Watkins likens himself to the second wide receiver selected in the 2011 NFL Draft.

Julio Jones.

He loves him.

"He's big, explosive, fast and very physical," Watkins said.

Jones, a rookie for the Atlanta Falcons, is listed at 6-foot-3, 220 pounds.

Watkins checks in at 6-1, 200.

Through his first three games at Alabama, Jones had 10 catches for 107 yards and two touchdowns.


So far, he's managed to keep a low profile around campus. The walk to class is still pretty peaceful for the freshman from Fort Myers, Fla. Watkins hasn't hit campus icon status.

Not yet, at least.

"I stay in. I just go to class and football. I just stay in the house, most of the time," Watkins said.

In Saturday's 38-24 win over Auburn, he hauled in 10 catches for 155 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 44 yards.

Watkins set school freshman records for receptions, reception yards and touchdown receptions in a game. The previous high for a freshman was 139 receiving yards by Roscoe Crosby in 2001 against Duke.

For his performance, the ACC named Watkins Wide Receiver and Rookie of the Week.

"I just take it one game at a time. I don't take time to check records or anything like that. People might come by and say you broke that record," he said. "Thanks, but I don't really too much care. It's my first year. I've got a lot more learning, a lot more things to do. I really don't care about records right now."

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney continues to marvel at his freshman wide receiver.

"He's just going to get better. He's still learning but he gets it. He understands defense. You tell him something one time and he's got it," Swinney said.

On Saturday, Watkins will get his first taste of ACC play when No. 11 Florida State comes to town.

He expects a battle.

"They've got five stars, we've got five stars. It's going to be a great show out there," Watkins said.

And it should be.

The Florida State secondary is ranked 27th in the nation in pass efficiency defense with a 105.6 rating and 6th in pass defense [118 yards/game].

"All of them are fast. They flow to the ball. They're very physical and they've got a bunch of athletes over there, a lot of young guys," Watkins said.


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