|by David Hood - Senior Writer - Tuesday, August 20, 2013 2:56 PM||
CLEMSON – Limitless.
The junior wide receiver said Monday, however, that the word not only applies to his season but the season for the 2013 football team, and that a book he has been reading has simply reinforced that point.
Watkins is reading “Limitless Life” by former NFL player Derwin Gray, and he is seeing that the sky is the limit, not only in his personal life, but out on the gridiron as well.
“I’ve been reading this book by this old NFL guy about being limitless,” Watkins said following Monday’s practice. “Limitless is also my word. You can do great things. Don’t limit yourself. There is no limit on how high you can go.”
Just a year removed from a dazzling freshman campaign in which he made 82 catches for 1,219 yards and 12 touchdowns, Watkins entered the 2012 season with lofty expectations. Yet the 2011 All-American regressed in his second year, both on and off the field.
Watkins was arrested on drug-related charges in May 2012 and was subsequently suspended for the Tigers’ first two games by head coach Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
View Full Profile. He then missed another game at Boston College with a stomach virus, and he played just one series in the Chick-fil-A Bowl against LSU before leaving with an ankle injury.
He wound up with just 57 catches for 708 yards (12.4 average) and three TDs, and he registered just 78.7 receiving yards per game as a sophomore, down from the 93.8 he averaged as a freshman. He topped the 100-yard receiving mark only twice in 2012 — he did it five times as a freshman — and reeled in just three touchdown passes, a quarter of his scoring haul from 2011.
This off-season has been smooth, however, and Watkins said he has a “clear mind” and can concentrate solely on his schoolwork and football.
As a result, he says there is no limit on how far he and his teammates can go this season.
“There is no limit right now,” he said. “The sky is the limit. We just have to go out and play and have fun and build on what we have done the last two years.”
Watkins told the media that he has been moving all over the field during fall camp – boundary receiver, in the slot, running back, field receiver – and that he is comfortable in whatever offensive coordinator Chad MorrisChad Morris
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He said that he has also rebuilt his connection with quarterback Tajh BoydTajh Boyd
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“We worked out and tried to get that connection back,” he said. “During my sophomore year, he and DeAndre got on that hot streak and I really didn’t get the ball. Now we have that connection back – he knows what I’m thinking and I know when I’m getting the ball. He knows he can put it on my outside shoulder and I will go get it with my speed. It has been a good fall camp.”
As a result, fall camp has been smooth.
“It’s gone great. Just being with the team and getting that connection back with Tajh,” he said. “I’ve had a clear mind and I am just ready to start the season.”
Watkins’ family also moved to the upstate during the offseason, and he said that having his family close is important in many ways, including getting home-cooked meals, but that having their support is the most important thing.
“Just having them up here watching my games is great. I can go see them any time I want,” he said.
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