Could speedy Florida duo be Clemson’s new Spiller, Ford?
FL (Charlotte HS)
Years Played: 2011
CLEMSON - Sammy WatkinsSammy Watkins
# 6-2, 200
Fort Myers, FL
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But Watkins is not even the fleetest Tiger in Clemson's 2011 recruiting class. In an impromptu race captured on YouTube, fellow Clemson signee Mike BellamyMike Bellamy
# 5-10, 187
Punta Gorda, FL
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The Floridians are welcomed additions to a Clemson offense that lacked speed last season. In 2009, Clemson possessed perhaps the fastest duo in the country in Jacoby FordJacoby Ford
# 5-9, 175
West Palm Beach, FL
View Full Profile - the fastest man at the 2010 NFL Combine - and C.J. SpillerC.J. Spiller
#28 5-11, 195
Lake Butler, FL
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"I texted C.J. (Spiller) and I told him I beat his record (in the 200) of 21.35 (seconds)," Watkins told the Press-News (Fla.) after running a 21.11 to win the Class AA Florida state title. "He said that was in high school. In college, he ran 20.7. I said I'd be running 20.4."
The speed will be especially critical to new offensive coordinator Chad Morris, who wants to stretch the field vertically much more than Clemson did a last season.
"For whatever reason, a down-field element was missing (last year)," Morris said. "It was nobody's fault. There was a lack of ability to stretch the field deep. They really didn't have a guy that would make people go ‘Oh my, we have to watch that guy."
Now Clemson will have at least two threats in Watkins and Bellamy.
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