Clemson WR Watkins to miss BC game

Associated Press Modified: September 27, 2012 at 7:16 pm •  Published: September 27, 2012
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Clemson All-America receiver Sammy Watkins won't play against Boston College because of an abdominal virus.

Tigers coach Dabo Swinney announced Watkins status after practice Thursday. The team is scheduled to leave for Boston on Friday.

The absence of Watkins means the 17th-ranked Tigers (3-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) will be without two main players in their wide receiver rotation. On Tuesday, Clemson lost backup Martavis Bryant to a groin injury the sophomore suffered while working out at the team's strength facility.

Watkins will miss his third game of the season after sitting out Clemson's first two contests because of a suspension for an offseason drug arrest.

Swinney said Watkins had taken himself out at the end of practices on Tuesday and Wednesday because he didn't feel well.

On Thursday, Watkins "was worse and after going to the doctor it was determined that he needed to stay here this weekend," Swinney said.

Watkins had been working himself back into the lineup the past two games. His season debut came against Football Championship Subdivision opponent Furman on Sept. 15 and he took a handoff 58 yards for touchdown, the sophmore's first-ever rushing TD.

Last week, Watkins threw a 52-yard touchdown pass to Andre Ellington that gave Clemson a 28-14 lead in the third quarter against Florida State. The Tigers eventually lost, 49-37.

Watkins was mostly held in check by No. 4 Florida State. While he caught six passes, Watkins ended with just 24 yards. He's got 10 catches for 76 yards and no touchdowns this year. Watkins has 228 all-purpose yards in the two games he has played.

Watkins was a freshman sensation a year ago, setting single-season school records with 1,219 yards and 12 touchdown catches in 2011.

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