Watkins finished his career with 240 receptions for 3,391 yards and 27 touchdowns. The reception total and yardage total are Clemson records and the touchdown total tied former teammate DeAndre Hopkins (2010-12)…Had 48 receptions for 20 yards or longer, as he tallied 339 yards with one touchdown on 52 carries (6.52 ypc) with nine runs for at least 10 yards, including five for 20 yards or longer…Completed 2-of-5 passes for 61 yards, a touchdown and an interception…Added 1,376 yards on 60 kickoff returns (22.93 avg) and 23 yards on six punt returns…Registered 5,129 allpurpose yards, an average of 142.47 yards per game…Atlantic Coast Conference Career-Record Results…Watkins ranks second in ACC annals with 240 grabs, topped by Conner Vernon of Duke (283; 2009-12), as that due is joined by the player that Watkins broke the Clemson record, Aaron Kelly (232; 2005-08) as the only players in league history to catch at least 225 passes…Finished third on the ACC chart with 3,391 receiving yards, ranking behind Vernon (3,749) and Peter Warrick of Florida State (3,517; 1996-99)…Shared the league record with a pair of 200-yard receiving performances and only Clarkston Hines of Duke (17; 1986-89) recorded more 100-yard receiving games than Watkins (15) in ACC annals…His 27 touchdown catches tied Herman Moore of Virginia (1988-90) and DeAndre Hopkins of Clemson (2010-12) for eighth place on the league record chart…School Career-Record Results…Watkins’s 15 100-yard receiving performances broke the previous Clemson mark of 12 by DeAndre Hopkins (2010-12)…He topped Aaron Kelly’s old record of 232 grabs (2005-08) and joined Hopkins (3,020) as the only Tigers to ever amass 3,000 yards receiving…His 27 touchdown catches tied the record that Hopkins previously set…His 5,129 all-purpose yards rank behind C.J. Spiller (7,588; 2006-09) in school history.
Drafted by the Bills in the First Round (4th overall) in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Played three seasons at Clemson (2011-13)...Finished his career with 240 receptions for 3,391 yards and 27 touchdowns…set the school record for receptions and receiving yards and tied the school record for receiving touchdowns…added 1,376 yards on 60 kickoff returns (22.93 avg)…totaled 5,129 all-purpose yards for his career…ranks second in ACC history for career receptions and third in conference history for receiving yards…his 5,129 all-purpose yards rank second in school history behind fellow Bill C.J. Spiller.
The first-team All-American and Biletnikoff Award finalist appeared in 13 games with 12 starts…finished his junior season with 101 receptions for 1,464 yards and 12 TDs…also recorded 11 yards on six rushing attempts and had 293 yards on 14 kickoff returns…unanimous All-ACC team honoree also was named ACC Receiver of the week in three separate weeks…ranked second in the league and 10th in the nation with his 12 touchdown receptions and set a school record with his 1,464 receiving yards…led the Tigers in receptions, receptions of 20-plus yards, receiving yards, receiving touchdowns, kick return yards and all-purpose yards… Recorded 56 first-down grabs, converting 13 third-down tosses, as 47 of his catches gained at least 10 yards, including 19 for 20 yards or longer…finished first in the ACC in receptions per game, receiving yards per game, second in receiving TDs and third in all-purpose yards per game…set a school record with 16 receptions for 227 yards and two touchdowns in the Orange Bowl against #6 Ohio State and took home MVP honors…the 227 yards were the second most receiving yards in any BCS Bowl game.
Received All-American honors from multiple media outlets…saw action in 10 games with seven starts and finished second on the team with 57 receptions for 708 yards and three touchdowns…totaled 14 rushes for 97 yards and one TD…also returned three punts for 11 yards and returned 13 kickoffs for 257 yards…finished sixth in the ACC in receptions per game, seventh in all-purpose yards per game (107.3), and eighth in receiving yards per game (70.8)... Had eight receptions for 202 yards and one TD on 10/25 at Wake Forest, becoming the first Tiger with 200-plus receiving yards and was named ACC Receiver of the Week…preseason first-team All-America selection by CBSSports.com, Lindy's, SI.com, and USA Today.
Watkins named National Freshman of the Year by Columbus (OH) Touchdown Club, Rivals.com, and Sporting News and named national offensive freshman-of-the-year by CollegeFootballNews.com...Also received first-team All-America honors from Pro Football Weekly, AP, FoxSports.com and Rivals.com, becoming Clemson's first freshman to be named a first-team All-American in the process…became the first freshman in ACC history to be an AP First-Team All-America selection and also became just the fourth first-year freshman in NCAA history to earn AP First-Team All-America honors, joining Herschel Walker (1980) of Georgia, Marshall Faulk (1991) of San Diego State, and Adrian Peterson (2004) of Oklahoma…named ACC Freshman of the year by CBSSports.com…First-Team All-ACC selection (media) as a wide receiver and Second-Team All-ACC selection (media) as a specialist…he became the first Tiger freshman to earn First-Team All-ACC honors since 1995 (Anthony Simmons) and the first-ever Tiger freshman wide receiver to earn First-Team All-ACC honors…appeared in 13 games with 10 starts…totalled 82 receptions for 1,219 yards and 12 TDs, rushed 32 times for 231 yards and returned 33 kickoffs for 826 yards and one TD for 2,288 all-purpose yards…ranked first in school history in kickoff returns, first in kickoff return yards, second in all-purpose yards, tied for second in receiving TDs, third in receiving yards, tied-third in receptions, tied for fourth in receptions per game (6.3), and tied for 10th in TDs (13) in a season…first in the ACC in all-purpose yards per game, second in receiving yards per game, second in kickoff return average and third in receptions per game…set the school freshman and first-year freshman record with 13 total TDs.
Attended South Fort Myers (Fort Myers, FL) High School…set county records with 133 catches for 2,997 yards and 36 touchdowns…majored in Communication Studies…his brother, Jaylen, was a 2010 U.S. Army All-American and was the starting free safety as a member of the University of Florida football team…chose Clemson over Florida State, Florida, and Miami…born June 14, 1993.