Player Notes: Sammy Watkins misses 2nd half with bruised calf muscle

Dabo Swinney says star wide receiver held out as a precaution

Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins walks off the field late in the fourth quarter, wearing street clothes, at Memorial Stadium in Clemson.

Photo by Ken Ruinard

Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins walks off the field late in the fourth quarter, wearing street clothes, at Memorial Stadium in Clemson.

Player Notes...

* Tajh Boyd completed 18 of 26 passes for 261 yards and three touchdowns. Boyd has now thrown for 13 touchdowns and 1,033 yards over the last three games. All 13 of those touchdown passes have come in the first half.

* DeAndre Hopkins tallied four receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown, the 23rd touchdown reception of his career. He has now scored a touchdown in seven straight games. He broke the Clemson record for consecutive games with a touchdown reception last week against Duke.

* Hopkins also moved into second place in Clemson history in career reception yards with 2711. He needs to just 22 receiving yards to pass Aaron Kelly and become Clemson’s career leader in receiving yards. He moved ahead of his uncle (Terry Smith) today. Smith finished his career in 1993 with 2681.

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*Hopkins now has 14 touchdown receptions this year, already the season record. Only seven other players in Clemson history have had as many as 14 touchdown receptions in a career.

* Adam Humphries recorded his first career touchdown reception in the first quarter. He finished the game with a game-high five receptions for 41 receiving yards.

* Corey Crawford recovered a fumble and returned it 16 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. It is the first fumble return for a touchdown by a Tiger since last season when Kourtnei Brown returned a fumble for a touchdown against North Carolina.

* Stanton Seckinger recorded the first career touchdown reception of his career in the fourth quarter.

* Cortez Davis recorded a career-high five tackles in today’s game.

* Sammy Watkins had four catches for 60 yards today, all in the first half. He did not play in the second half after suffering a bruised calf muscle in the first half. Coach Swinney said after the game that Watkins could have played in the second half. He and Andre Ellington were both held out as a precaution.

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