Watkins fastest freshmen to first team since Anthony Simmons

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Pos: WR   Height: 6-1   Weight: 205   Hometown: Fort Myers, FL (South Fort Myers HS)  
Years Played: 2011 - 2013

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Three practices.

That’s all it took for Sammy WatkinsSammy Watkins
Fr. Wide Receiver
#7 6-2, 200
Fort Myers, FL

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to be a starting wide receiver for the Clemson football team.

With his combination of talent, work ethic and off-field study, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound freshman from South Fort Myers High has joined veterans Jaron BrownJaron Brown
RS Jr. Wide Receiver
#18 6-2, 200
Cheraw, SC

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and DeAndre HopkinsDeAndre Hopkins
So. Wide Receiver
#6 6-1, 195
Central, SC

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on the Tigers’ first unit.

Watkins will wear No. 7. (Actually #2)

Watkins’ move to first team is the fastest by a freshman at Clemson since 1995 when Anthony Simmons became a middle linebacker after two days of practice.

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney, a wide receivers coach before being promoted in 2008, was absolutely giddy in talking about Watkins as he came off the field on Monday.

“Oh my gosh, I’ve never had a kid like him,” Swinney said. “I’ve coached Jacoby FordJacoby Ford
Wide Receiver
#6 5-9, 175
Royal Palm Beach, FL

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, Chansi Stuckey, Tyler GrishamTyler Grisham
Wide Receiver
# 5-11, 185
Birmingham, AL

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, Freddie Milons. None of them came around this fast. This kid is going to be a great player.”

Swinney said it’s not just that Watkins is the fastest player on the field but that he’s a quick learner.

“He has an incredibly high football IQ and is incredibly coachable,” Swinney said.
“Most guys don’t come in with his focus, like in the film room. He just absorbs it. When he gets on the field, he makes few mistakes. He studies the game; he’s got the instincts and incredible ball skills.

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