Sammy Watkins owns 11 freshman records, leading accolade-filled seven weeks

The Clemson Sports Blog

Clemson Tigers defensive end Andre Branch sacks Maryland Terrapins quarterback C.J. Brown in the fourth quarter.

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Clemson Tigers defensive end Andre Branch sacks Maryland Terrapins quarterback C.J. Brown in the fourth quarter.

School records are falling left and right with the 7-0 start, and the awards and accolades are rolling in, so much so, it’s easy to lose track of what’s happened so far…just for Sammy Watkins.

The frosh receiver leads the Tigers in all-purpose running yards (1,205), receptions (46) and receiving yards (728) – breaking 11 freshman records and well on his way to more.

Watkins has made new freshman marks for single-game receptions (10 against Auburn), reception yards (155 against Auburn), receiving touchdowns (two against Maryland and Auburn), all-purpose yards (345 against Maryland), kickoff return yards (207 against Maryland) and tied for total points (18 against Maryland) and touchdowns (three against Maryland).

Through just seven games, the South Fort Myers (Fla.) product has already rewritten season frosh records for reception yards (728), 150-yard receiving games (two), 100-yard receiving games (three) and receiving touchdowns (eight).

By his two touchdown catches against the Seminoles, Watkins became the first Clemson freshman to score in each of his first four games, and the first in ACC freshman history to score six touchdowns in the first four games.

Stat Game New Record
Receptions (Single-game) Auburn 10
Reception Yards (Single-game) Auburn 155
Reception TDs (Single-game) Auburn, Maryland 2
Total TDs (Single-game) Maryland 3
Total Points (Single-game) Maryland 18
All-Purpose Yards (Single-game) Maryland 345
Kickoff Return Yards (Single-game) Maryland 207
Reception Yards (Season) N/A 728
150-Yards Receiving (Season) N/A 2
100-Yards Receiving (Season) N/A 3
Reception TDs (Season) N/A 8

But it’s not only first-year marks going down and getting challenged.

With 10 catches for 155 yards against Auburn and seven for 141 against FSU, Watkins joined Rod Gardner as the only receivers in Clemson history to post back-to-back 140+ yards receiving games.

With three 140 yard or more receiving games already, he’s one away from a career record set by Perry Tuttle in 1981.

During this run, for Sammy Watkins and a host of Tigers – the accolades have racked up.

Week two against Wofford – Sammy Watkins won ACC rookie of the week.

Week three against Auburn – Tajh Boyd won ACC back of the week, Rivals ACC player of the week, Manning National Quarterback of the Week and Davey O’Brien Award Quarterback of the week. Sammy Watkins took home ACC receiver and rookie of the week along with Rivals National Freshman of the Week. Dwayne Allen took National Tight End of the Week from the John Mackey Award.

Week four against FSU – Tajh Boyd became one of three Tigers all-time to win back-to-back ACC back of the week honors to go with quarterback of the week accolades from Manning National, Rivals and the Davey O’Brien Award again. Sammy Watkins won his third rookie of the week award in a row – this time again from Rivals.

Week five against Virginia Tech – Defense reigned with Andre Branch taking Rivals Defensive Player of the Week, ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week and ACC Player of the Week – Tig Willard earning ACC Linebacker of the Week. Dwayne Allen took Tight End of the Week honors from the College Performance Awards.

Week six against Boston College – Chandler Catanzaro got in on the action with National Kicker of the Week from the College Performance Awards, ACC Special Teams Player of the Week and Lou Groza Award Kicker of the Week. Sammy Watkins earned ACC Rookie of the Week once again.

Sammy Watkins talks about his big game against Maryland


Week seven against Maryland – Sammy Watkins grabbed Rivals National Player of the Week, ACC Player of the Week, ACC Rookie of the Week and National Freshman of the Week. Tajh Boyd took quarterback of the week from the Davey O’Brien Award. Andre Ellington became the third Tiger to earn ACC Back of the Week.

All totaled - that’s 13 ACC honors and 28 overall through seven weeks.

To put that in perspective, Clemson had two conference players of the week by this time last season – Da’Quan Bowers as Defensive Lineman of the Week in week seven and DeAndre Hopkins as Rookie of the Week in week six.

Winning can do that for you.

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