Clemson WR Sammy Watkins was called out by a coach leading into FSU game. (David T. Foster III/Charlotte Observer/MCT / October 15, 2013)
Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris is trying to light a fire under star receiver Sammy Watkins.
Morris told reporters on Monday that this weekend’s contest between No. 5 Florida State and No. 3 Clemson should mean a little extra for Watkins and the other Tigers receivers.
"I felt like [FSU] physically whipped us at the wide receiver position," Morris said, according to NFL.com. "They embarrassed us. That's been a point of emphasis and will continue to be a point of emphasis. ... I thought our wide receivers spent more time on the ground than the ball did."
The message was directed specifically towards Watkins, a junior who has 36 receptions 582 receiving yards this year.
"You want to be an All-ACC player. You want to be an All-American. You want to be all this and more -- well, those guys show up every day,” Morris said. “Those type of guys show up every day and in the big games. This is a big game, and we'll see."
The Florida native dismantled FSU’s defensive backs his freshman year, catching seven passes for 141 yards and two touchdowns. Last year, FSU kept him in check, as Watkins had six catches for 24 yards.
FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said he could talk about what Watkins does well for an hour.
“He’s tremendously athletic, big, strong and fast, but his ball skills and the way he reaches out and catches the ball, plucks the ball and then you can get it to him so many ways,” Fisher said. “You can hand it to him, you can throw it to him quickly or intermediately with great routes, or you can throw it deep.
“It’s natural for him to play football.”
Here are a couple of other Clemson notes from the day:
Clemson QB Tajh Boyd reflects on legacy
An insightful piece from ESPN on the three-year starter about where his legacy stands heading into Saturday’s matchup against FSU. It’s lengthy, but worth your time.
Tigers relatively healthy for FSU
Clemson freshman DE Shaq Lawson is expected to play against FSU after leaving Saturday’s contest against Boston College with a dislocated shoulder. Check out Greenville News for more on the state of Clemson’s health.