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Sammy Watkins committed to Clemson in November 2010 after being heavily recruited by Florida State, Florida, and Miami.
Despite not taking part in spring practice, Watkins made an immediate impact for Clemson in his freshman season in 2011. Watkins caught 82 passes for 1219 yards and 12 touchdowns in his first collegial season, including 10 catches, 155 yards and two TDs against defending national champions Auburn.
Watkins led the nation in reception yards per game, all-purpose yards and touchdowns. He also broke 11 school freshman records seven games into the season, including total all-purpose yards previously held by C. J. Spiller.
Watkins was an AP first-team All-American, becoming only the fourth ever true freshman to do so, joining Herschel Walker, Marshall Faulk and Adrian Peterson.
As a sophomore in 2012, Watkins had 57 receptions for 708 yards and three touchdowns.
As a junior, Watkins had 101 receptions for 1,464 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was the MVP of the 2014 Orange Bowl after setting an Orange Bowl record with 16 receptions for 227 yards. He also set the school record for career receptions in the game finishing with 240.
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