By Staff Report.
Clemson freshman sensation WR Sammy Watkins has broken Clemson’s single-game all-purpose yardage record, in just his 7th game. Erin Andrews took time with Watkins to learn how “beyond his years” he is – on and off the field.
Quotes from the segment:
“A very well put together guy, but can he play? Is he as good as the five-star, you know the five-star bill that came with him? And I soon learned that yeah, he is as good if not better.” – Clemson tight end Dwayne Allen on his first impression of Watkins
“In summer workouts. We do these things called skills and drills, where receivers would work against DBs, one-on-ones and seven-on-sevens, and Sammy would just dominate. There was no one on this team who could guard him. There were no two people on this team who could guard him, to be honest.” – Allen on Watkins this summer
“Just the most humble guy I think I’ve ever met. Just the total opposite of what you think you might get when you talk to Sammy.” – Clemson offensive lineman Landon Walker
“Sammy as a freshman, I thought he was a junior honestly, I thought he was like a 22-year old freshman to be honest with you, but he’s 18 years old.” – Walker on Watkins age
“I’m the type of player that I like to study my opponents and actually look, see what they do, what they’re like every play. If I see them like they’re soft or something, I’m going to go at them like they’re soft. If they’re strong, I’m going to go at them even stronger.” – Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins
“It’s very, very uncommon to see a freshman to have that type of ability to lead without saying anything. He’s had an effect on the whole team.” – Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney
“A lot of times you’ll get these freshmen, you plug them into your system, you develop them in every area of their life- academically, socially, athletically, spiritually, all those areas. But with Sammy, open up the box, no assembly required, here you go. He’s a rare, rare guy in that regard.” – Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney