Clemson Tigers WR Sammy Watkins Hopes for Big Win Over Georgia Bulldogs

Sammy Watkins

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Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins is one of the elite players in the nation, and he had no problem telling the world how talented he is in comments made to Bart Wright, including bulletin board material for week one opponent Georgia.

“If we come out and beat Georgia, not just beat ‘em but beat the mess out of ‘em like we should, I don’t see no problems in getting started in the right direction. I don’t have disrespect for them or for nobody else, I just believe we can be just the kind of team we want to be, the talent is here, we know how to win.”

The Aug. 31 season opener for each team is my early game of the week, and the trash talk provided by the former All-American is sure to light a fire under Mark Richt’s team. Not that the Bulldogs needed any added motivation before their game with the top-10 team, but such self-assurance almost always backfires.

“I don’t think there’s a better receiver than me, not in the ACC, not in the nation,” he told Wright. “My goal is to break all of (DeAndre Hopkins’), records and help get this team where we want to go.

Receivers have never been known as shrinking violets. Watkins not only has prototypical measurables and skill-set for the position, but h also fits the bill with his personality and big mouth.

If I were a Clemson fan I would be excited to see the confidence back in Watkins’ approach after a miserable sophomore season that epitomized the term “sophomore slump”. But at the same time I’d be shaking my head at the flammable statement.

As a freshman the 6-1, 200-pound receiver had 82 receptions for 1,219 yards, 12 receiving touchdowns and 2,288 total yards including his work on special teams, but 2012 started with a two-game suspension for marijuana and many nagging injuries.

His numbers saw a dramatic decrease in every category and finished with 57 receptions, 708 yards and a paltry three touchdowns. Furthermore, his work on special teams didn’t have the same highlight reel as a year before and dropped from 25 yards per kick return to 19.7 as he failed to reach the end zone on any of his returns.

My best guess at the reaction from Georgia is likely a mixture of laughter and enthusiasm to get the season underway this Saturday. Without a doubt I know Todd Grantham will have his new-look Bulldog defense ready to make Watkins regret his inflammatory comments.

Damian Swann and Tray Matthews will be ready to lock up Watkins who I think will return to his freshman production and be a top-10 caliber pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

He’ll just have to wait until week two to get his team their first win because Georgia will win the season opener on the road in Memorial Stadium and make Watkins look foolish for opening his mouth.

Patrick’s a college football writer for Rant Sports and radio host on Sportstownchicago.com. Follow him on Twitter @PatrickASchmidt and add him to your Google network.

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  • Roger Parks

    How did you get to be a sportswriter, making asinine predictions like that?

    • http://www.rantsports.com/blog/author/patrickschmidt/feed/ Patrick Schmidt

      Me saying Georgia beats Clemson is an asinine prediction? Well there are about a million others who will make this same “asinine prediction” as myself. No issue with Mr. Watkins bold words, just mine?

      • Roger Parks

        It`s asinine because half Georgias starters are hurt or suspended, and the only reason given for that asinine prediction was because Sammy gave them some bulletin board material , and it`s asinine because I say it is….

    • Farva55

      Gonna be a shoot-out hands down. I question how you as a fan think it’s impossible for a team like Georgia to beat Clemson.

      • Roger Parks

        I find it ridiculous to make predictions based on one player shooting his mouth off. It doesn`t show much in the way of thought process. I never said it was impossible.

  • Kendall Gilcrease

    clemson will win by two or more touchdowns in death valley. UGA already has 2 key components of their secondary gone from suspension or injury, not to mention losing 8 starters off a defense that was mediocre at best. Sure, Sammy should have kept his confidence hidden a little better, but come 8/31 it won’t really matter. He isn’t your prototypical primadonna wideout, and those of us in the upstate know how good of a kid/athelete he is. I believe Clemson will punk UGA

  • CU Fan

    Where in there did you get a guarantee? “If we beat Georgia” does not mean “when we beat Georgia”. Your just trying to create more hits and drama, smh

  • TB

    Where is the guarantee in that statement? Are you reporting or making stuff up? Your editor okayed this headline? Truth in journalism, ha.

  • Ryan

    The most bias writing ive ever read you should be ashamed of your self. quit journalism

    • Brett R

      It’s called being a fan. Try it sometime.

      • Brian

        Writers are supposed to write without sounding like a fan. It’s called journalism.

        • SportsGenius705

          Journalism huh. Journalism is supposed to be passionate. Not watered down crap you find on ESPN. I never knew they didn’t teach opinion backed up with fact in journalism class.

          • Brian

            Journalism is supposed to include good writing and this column doesn’t quite meet that standard.

          • SportsGenius705

            Writing on blogspot doesn’t count as being a veteran sports writer.

            I’m a veteran sports fan that appreciates a sports fans’ opinion. Go Fuck yourself JR.

          • Brian

            Blog? I write for a newspaper, Baseball America, the NCAA. Should I go on. I guess you are a typical moron fan.

          • SportsGenius705

            HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Right. I TOTALLY believe that. I don’t know if you know this but…I’m actually Buster Olney.

            Let’s say you do “write” for a newspaper (dying industry LOL), BA, and the NCAA. You sir are the poopstain of sports fans everywhere. “Journalists” are tools, snotty, uptight, arrogant pricks that make 30K a year and live in a shack. Congrats. Real honorary work you must do.

            That’s if I believe you of course.

          • Brian

            If you don’t believe me that I am a real sports writer and that I’ve covered some pretty big events, that is fine. No worries. And I make much more than you can imagine. Yes, it is a honor to do the work I do, I get to be a part of something new each day, unlike your factory job or whatever meaningless work you do.

          • SportsGenius705

            LOL, you’re right. I don’t believe you nor do I give a 2 poops. Even if you were what you claim to be, you’re nothing but a hanger-on. A towel boy. Hate to tell you but athletes laugh at “journalists.”

            Let’s put it this way. I make WAY more money in half a year than you make in 6 years.

          • Brian

            Not the athletes I’ve been around. I know how to go for the real story, the one that goes beyond stats. I’ve had one-on-one interviews with guys like Barry Larkin, Patrick Roy and on and on. You just don’t get it high school kid. And you never answered my question. Name the last unbeaten team in college basketball.

          • SportsGenius705

            Nah- kind of graduated high school awhile ago. Good effort though.

            And in what response did you ask me about the 76 Bob Knight Hoosiers? Must have missed that. My B

          • Brian

            Wrong Answer.

          • SportsGenius705

            Since you’re a POS coward….the 2012 Britney Griner led Baylor Bears are “technically” the last undefeated NCAA team. Although not as impressive as the Uconn Huskies streak 2009-2010 back to back undefeated teams. I didn’t know you cared so much about womans sports Brianna.

          • Brian

            I’m not a coward. I’m talking men’s college basketball. Last unbeaten team. Wow, and I thought you knew your sports.

          • SportsGenius705

            Oh NOWWWWWWW you specify the kind of answer you wanted. Way to set the rules High and Mighty POS.

          • Brian

            And the only POS is you. Have a great life. I’m done talking with someone as uneducated as you.

          • SportsGenius705

            Good comeback! WOW! Outstanding.

            Again, I know you’re a little butthurt…and that’s okay. I understand. Enjoy Burger King. Mainly bc I doubt McDonalds would hire someone as stupid as you.

          • Brian

            If only you knew who I really was. Not only am I a real sports writer, I’m about to be signed by a big-time literary agent. But whatever. I don’t need to waste my time verifying my credentials to you. I’ve accomplished more this past year than you will ever accomplish. I realize you had a poor family life, so that is why you act the way you do. I mean, has to be tough having a dad you never knew and a mom who works the streets. But have a nice life. I refuse to talk to you again. You aren’t worth my time.

          • SportsGenius705

            hahahahahahahaha.

            Several things here.
            1) No “journalist” who is “about to be signed by a big-time literary agent is going to be preaching that on a comment thread. So nice try.
            2) You’ve accomplished more in a year than I have in my life. HAHAHAHA. Let’s compare net worth and then see whose full of it. (AKA you)

            3) Only one of us in trailer trash, and it’s not me.

            4) You’ve said you wouldn’t be responding to me 4 times now. And yet you still are. So clearly I am worth your time. Dumbass.

            Again, it’s okay if you’re butthurt. It happens.

          • Brian

            Come on, use that brain of yours. It may pay off.

          • Brian

            No Findlay does count. I covered that title run. Held the top ranking all year. Sorry about your luck sports genius. If only you knew something about sports.

          • Brian

            And on that note, I’m done arguing with the most idotic sports fan I’ve ever met.

          • SportsGenius705

            I know you’re a little butt hurt right now. It’s okay. It happens to most people that think they’re smarter than me.

          • SportsGenius705

            HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA. Covering d2 games?!?!?!?!?!?!?! And here I thought you were something special. No. It doesn’t count. D2 is a joke.

            The last REAL undefeated champion- 76 hoosiers. Suck it long…suck it hard.

          • Brian

            Gotta research a little harder. But hey, as I said before, I enjoy what I do and if you enjoy what you do for a living, more power to you. If you ever get the answer to the last unbeaten team in college hoops, let me know. Take care,

          • SportsGenius705

            HAHAHAHAHAHA. No. Dumbass sports journalist. 76 hoosiers. Last undefeated MENS team…not hard considering I’m an IU grad. Unless you’re including woman’s sports…which you didn’t specify…but that’s what a coward does.

          • Brian

            Nope. I’m talking men’s basketball. Keep searching.

          • SportsGenius705

            Sorry dumbass, Finley or Findly or whatever the hell that team was in D2 or D3 doesn’t count. Major crapshoot.

          • SportsGenius705

            Most “sports journalists” would understand that d2-d3 doesn’t compare to d1. No one gives a crap.

          • Brian

            No, most uneducated journalists and fans have no idea how good basketball is at the D2 and D3 level. I do all 3 levels of basketball. My last comment to you is that you seriously need to call yourself something other than a sports genius. You can’t even answer a simple trivia question. Oh well, typical high school kid.

          • SportsGenius705

            Blah blah blah. And you need to stop calling yourself a “writer” because you aren’t. There’s 2 things you’re prob good at. Asking if someone wants fries with their meal and washing my maserati.

          • Brian

            And I could care less what you do. I enjoy my job and that is the end of the story.

          • Brian

            And don’t even think of debating with me. I’m a veteran sports writer. I know what I’m talking about.

          • SportsGenius705

            HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. What a loser. Stick to your blogspot bro.

          • Brian

            The only loser is you. I have forgotten more about sports than you will ever know.

          • SportsGenius705

            HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

            I would own you in sports knowledge.

          • Brian

            And sorry, but you would not own me in sports knowledge. My guess is you are some high school or college kid who uses his phone more than his brain and you probably have never met your father and your mom is, well, I won’t go there. At any rate, if you are so smart about sports knowledge, name the last college basketball team to go undefeated?

          • Farva55

            You and sportsgenius are both tools. Although, you seem to be a much bigger one. Congrats

  • Jake Griffith

    You aren’t too fond of Sammy Watkins or the Clemson tigers are you Patrick? Sammy’s comments were not inflammatory…this article however…inflammatory and unprofessional

  • The Whole Nine Nards

    Got no issues with this comment. Love the confidence

  • Farva55

    I find it idiotic fans of teams act like someone pooped on their shoe when someone predicts you’ll beat their favorite team.

    • Brett R

      HAHAHAHAHa.

  • Brian

    The kid said nothing wrong. It’s hardly a big deal. You should believe in your own team. And honestly, if a team needs bulletin board material to be ready to play, it has a problem.

  • Christopher Tucker

    Sammy must be really really high … Barely broke 700 yards on the season, only had 3 touchdowns the entire season and he claims to be the best wide reciever in the nation? Did Clowney hit this kid and give him brain damage?