Report: Clemson WR Sammy Watkins suspended for first two games of 2012
Roy Philpott of CUTigers.com reports that Clemson sophomore wide receiver Sammy Watkins, arguably the team’s most dynamic offensive player, will be suspended for the first two games of the 2012 season as punishment for his May arrest on drug charges.
Philpott writes that a formal announcement is expected to come on Friday night after the school’s Board of Trustees signs off.
The Tigers open the season against Auburn in Atlanta and then host Ball State in Week 2.
Watkins led Clemson as a true freshman with 82 receptions for 1,219 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was named the preseason ACC Player of the Year.
UPDATE: The school has confirmed the suspension, according to Travis Sawchik of the Charleston Post & Courier.
Clemson announces Sammy Watkins has been suspended the first two games of the season for his April arrest—
Travis Sawchik (@travis_sawchik) August 03, 2012
Brett McMurphy, soon to be of ESPN, passes along a comment from coach Dabo Swinney:
Dabo: "I told Sammy there would be a high end & low end. He has done everything we have asked & then some so 2-game suspension is low end"—
Brett McMurphy (@BrettMcMurphy) August 03, 2012