Oct 26, 2013; College Park, MD, USA; Clemson Tigers wide receiver Sammy Watkins (2) tackled following his catch by Maryland Terrapins defensive back William Likely (4) at Byrd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney would be surprised if Sammy Watkins returns in 2014

Sammy Watkins burst on to the scene for the Clemson Tigers back in 2011 and took the college football by storm as one of the best receivers in the country by going for over 1200 yards receiving and 12 TDs. Last season, battling off-the-field issues and injuries, he was a lot less productive and had people raising their eyebrows a bit.

This season, Sammy seems to have channeled his freshman ways as he leads the team in receiving so far through eight games with 813 yards and five touchdowns, while once again displaying his exceptional route-running ability and hands.

Because of this, and his class, people are now starting to question whether or not the dynamic Watkins will return for his senior season in 2014, especially since his QB, Tajh Boyd, will most certainly be on his way to the NFL because he’s currently a senior.

Well, if it turns out that Watkins does return next year, it would definitely surprise his head coach, Dabo Swinney, but he did note that he has been shocked by a returning player once before:

 “I’d be surprised if he came back. But I didn’t think [running back C.J.] Spiller was coming back.”

Watkins coming back next year would have its benefits as it would make the transition of Cole Stoudt to starting quarterback a lot easier having a weapon like him in his arsenal.

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