Clemson's Sammy Watkins, Chad Morris earn Rivals national honors

The Clemson Sports Blog

Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins (2) catches a 62-yard fourth-quarter pass from Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd (10) near Florida State safety Lamarcus Joyner(20) at Memorial Stadium.

Photo by Ken Ruinard

Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins (2) catches a 62-yard fourth-quarter pass from Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd (10) near Florida State safety Lamarcus Joyner(20) at Memorial Stadium.

Sammy Watkins has been honored as Rivals.com’s national freshman of the week for the second straight week, while Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris has been named national coordinator of the week.

Watkins caught seven passes for 141 yards and two touchdowns in Clemson’s 35-30 victory over Florida State on Saturday, including a 62-yarder from Tajh Boyd that provided what proved to be the game-winning points.

Also honored after Clemson’s win over Auburn, Watkins has 17 receptions for receptions for 296 yards in his last two games.

He played a major role in the Morris-directed offense that gained 455 yards and scored 35 points against Florida State, which entered the game as one of the nation’s top defensive teams.

During the past games against nationally-ranked opposition, Morris’ offense has run 178 plays and has rolled up nearly 1,100 yards.

Upon further review: Clemson sports information director Tim Bourrett on Sunday revised a couple of key stats from the Clemson-FSU game, based on review of film by the coaches:

“Sammy Watkins was credited with one less reception. He was credited with a catch when he was grabbed by the facemask. Since he did not gain any yardage on the play, there is no catch. Had he gained a yard or more, he would have been credited with a catch. Thus he finished the game with 7-141 receiving.

“After reviewing the film of Tajh Boyd’s interception that was returned for a touchdown, it is clear the ball went backwards and thus is a fumble, not a pass…He released the ball at the 25 just before his knee touches and the FSU player catches the ball on the run at the 24. Since the ball went backwards it is not a forward pass and thus has to be ruled a fumble.

“With these two changes, Boyd is 22-35 for 344 yards and three touchdowns for his stat line in the game.”

Tigers’ offense riding high: According to NCAA statistics released on Sunday, Clemson currently ranks 12th nationally in passing efficiency, 13th in total offense, 16th in passing yardage, 23rd in scoring and 36th in rushing.

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