Strike a pose?

CLEMSON - Now that Sammy Watkins has a trophy case full of awards from his freshman season, he looks forward to a shot at the big one.

The Heisman Trophy.

"That's my goal," he said. "And to win the ACC again next year."

Cue up the campaign, Tim Bourret. Watkins wants to make a run at the most recognizable individual award in sports.

"That's what I'm shooting for," Watkins said.

This season's list of awards and honors is impressive, of course:

•ACC Rookie of the Year

•First-team All-American all-purpose player by the Associated Press

•First-team All-American all-purpose player by Fox Sports

•First-team Freshman All-American by College Football News

•First-team All-ACC wide receiver

•Second-team All-ACC kick returner

Watkins also brought in 77 catches for 1,153 yards and 11 touchdowns. He owns the school record for reception yards in a single-season and has tied the mark for touchdown catches. His 77 catches are third best.

The freshman from Fort Myers, Fla. leads all freshmen receivers nationally in receptions, yards and touchdowns, all of which are ACC records for freshmen.

"It's a big success," Watkins said of his list of awards. "It's a great accomplishment. It drives me. I think it drives the players out there, the other freshmen. Seeing me do that as a freshman, maybe next year they can accomplish that."

Watkins said he'll have to continue with the formula that made him an impact player this season if he‘s going to make a serious run at the Heisman in 2012.

"Just do the same thing I've been doing. Just work hard. Maybe get back there at punt returner, return a couple of punts," he said.

And Watkins believes there's plenty for him to work on.

"Just working on playing without the ball and being more physical," he said. "Just being more productive with kickoff return and punt return."

In the meantime, he looks forward to returning to Florida for the Orange Bowl.

"It'll be a great thing that my family will be there. I'll be down there in my hometown. After we win, I can go home and be with family," Watkins said.


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