The Deuce gets loose

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The real Sammy Watkins stood up on Thursday night.

Xavier Brewer and Jonathan Meeks called his shot -- earlier this week, the senior defensive backs came to an agreement the trip to Wake Forest would be the game that Watkins would return to form.

The senior defensive backs know him all too well.

"It's not like he's playing bad," Brewer said. "He's Sammy Watkins, so everybody expects 200 yards every game.

"It's more than just that. He's probably got to get into a rhythm with the quarterback, all that good stuff. He was able to do that tonight, have a big day."

Poor Wake Forest, Watkins and Tajh Boyd were definitely in a rhythm during Clemson's 42-13 win at BB&T Field.

"I just played within the system, got open, got great balls from Tajh. I'm just getting back in the groove," Watkins said.

He set the Clemson single-game receiving record with 202 yards, breaking the mark DeAndre Hopkins set earlier this season versus Boston College. The figure also matched Watkins' total yardage output of the season.

"He hasn't gone anywhere," Brewer said. "He's still Sammy Watkins, has a 4.2 [and] can run by anybody."

Clemson's All-American wide receiver finished the night with eight receptions and a touchdown. Now, the questions about the state of his game can be put to bed.

"I just wasn't playing my best ball game," Watkins said. "I just wasn't executing plays. I was pressing myself too much from last year, what I did last year."

The night wasn't without a flaw. Watkins did not start because he was late for a team meeting on Wednesday. He was on the field after three plays.

And boy was Boyd happy to have him there.

"It was good to see him back at full speed and full effect," Boyd said. "He can help us out a lot this season, so we've just got to keep working him in there and let him do what he does. It should be special."

It certainly makes Chad Morris' job a little easier.

"I'm really proud to get him going," he said. "Going to have him going, it's what I've been saying -- getting him going at the right time. This team is going to need him the most at this point in time, during the season." Top Stories