One of the perplexing questions from Clemson’s loss to USC in the regular season finale was the lack of use of star receiver Sammy Watkins. In terms of offensive touches, he had his fewest of the season, four, in that game.
All came on passes.
So, Watkins was not put in the Wildcat for the direct snap. And he was not given the ball on jet sweeps. These were plays used regularly by Chad Morris but were absent from the game plan for USC.
But Watkins said after Friday’s bowl practice at the Georgia Dome that won’t be the case in Monday night’s Chick-Fil-A Bowl game against LSU. Watkins indicated he will once again be an integral part of the offense.
Running back Andre Ellington also was asked about plans for getting Watkins more touches Monday night. He responded with a sly smile and a wait and see kind of answer.
The Tigers will practice for the final time Saturday. They are six point underdogs for Monday night’s game which will kickoff at 7:30 PM on ESPN.