I first discovered Sammy Watkins during Clemson’s 38-24 win over Auburn earlier in the year.
It struck me right away that he was no ordinary freshman receiver.
In fact, I think he might be the best freshman receiver I’ve ever seen. His combination of speed, running ability, size, strength, hands, football intelligence and what I like to call ‘magic’ is off the charts.
He displayed all of it to full effect in Clemson’s 56-45 victory over Maryland last Saturday.
Watkins caught 8 passes for 105 yards, including two impressive touchdown grabs at critical junctures of the game. He also ran for 33 yards on one carry and totaled 207 yards on five kick returns, including an 89-yard return for a touchdown that broke Maryland’s back.
All in all, three touchdowns and 345 all-purpose yards, a Clemson record.
For this, he gets Heismanpundit’s Player of the Week honors.
I have a feeling it won’t be the last time.