Player Spotlight: Carlos Watkins


While there is plenty of information circling the internet about matchups, personnel and schemes that relate to third-ranked Clemson and the opponents of the Tigers, The Clemson Insider decided to also dig a bit deeper into the dynamic individual personalities of Clemson’s student athletes.

This edition of Player Spotlight highlights senior defensive tackle Carlos Watkins.

What is your favorite color?

“I really don’t have a favorite color. It’s like whatever I am feeling at the time. I don’t know, maybe a combination like black and gold.”

What food can you not live without?

“Chicken. Definitely chicken. You can do a lot with chicken. You know, that is probably one thing I couldn’t live without.”

What is your favorite movie?

“That’s tough. Hardball would definitely go down as one of the greatest, and Lion King, definitely.”

If you could only binge watch one show on Netflix for the rest of your life, what would it be?

“There are a couple of good shows. I really couldn’t tell you there, there is a lot that I watch on Netflix. I don’t know, maybe Family Guy.”

When you’re not playing football, what do you do?

“I’m probably playing video games.”

Do you play against other guys on the team?

“Yeah we play against other guys on the team often and guys online. I play against my roommate Jabril (Robinson) all the time.”

Who wins?

“Of course I win,” Watkins said, laughing. “I have mastered the video games.”

How would your friends describe you?

“Probably like goofy. I’m a funny guy. They should say that I am a genuine, caring guy who likes to have fun.”

Do you have a favorite celebrity?

“Yeah I do. I would probably say Kobe Bryant.”

If you could choose a walk-out song, what would it be?

“Dang these questions are tough! I really don’t know what my walk-out song would be right now. I need time to think about that one!”

What’s your pre-game playlist like?

“A lot of artists like Lil Uzi. I listen to Gucci Mane, 21 Savage, a lot of different artists, honestly.”

If you didn’t play football, what would you do?

“I’d probably be a pro-fisher or a basketball player. Basketball was my first love, but the position I played, I was limited. But fishing, that doesn’t require any height or athleticism, but I’m pretty good at it.”

Do you have any hidden talents?

“I can cook. I don’t cook like I am supposed to, but I think I am a pretty good cook. That’s one hidden talent that I don’t use like I should.”

What is your go-to meal to cook?

“It would have to be like tacos or something of that nature or you know, chicken. Something I throw a lot of spices and seasons on, just mixing up stuff.”

What has been your best memory at Clemson so far?

“Probably just getting my first touchdown in college against Appalachian State last year. A lot of people don’t know this, but when I was in the car accident, my cousin that passed away, it was his birthday that day, so it made that really special. That was probably one of the finest moments I have had.”

What is something you are going to miss most about Clemson?

“Probably the people. Everybody is just so friendly and caring. That is probably the biggest thing I will miss, just the people and loving atmosphere.”

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