Sammy Watkins' Main Rivals for Biletnikoff Crown
Sammy Watkins is as dynamic and explosive player as any in college football.
Even with a possible suspension looming, Watkins was one of the most deserving candidates to named on the Preseason Biletnikoff 2012 award list.
Watkins is head and shoulders above any other wide receivers in the ACC, with only the likes of Connor Vernon and teammate DeAndre Hopkins likely to top 1000 yards next season.
There are four receivers that I believe can challenge Watkins for the right to be called the best wide receiver in all of college football.
Justin Hunter and Da'Rick Rogers should be among his biggest challengers but I will reserve judgement until I see that Hunter is 100 percent and that Rogers is out of trouble.
The four receivers are Tavon Austin, Marquess Wilson, Keenan Allen and Robert Woods.
So lets compare the 2011 stats of all four receivers.
Austin had 1186 receiving yards and eight touchdowns; Wilson had 1388 yards and 12 touchdowns, Allen reached 1343 yards and six scores whilst Woods 1292 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Watkins was right up there with the four receivers mentioned above: achieving 1219 yards and 12 touchdowns despite only being a true freshman.
Wilson will be a big rival because of the pass happy offense that Mike Leach is sure to implement for Washington State.
Jeff Tuel is also a very underrated quarterback who will get the ball to Wilson in a hurry and put him in a position to make plays.
With Wilson being a much taller wide receiver than Watkins, it's likely he will be a much better redzone threat than most other receivers.
Keenan Allen is better than Robert Woods and the most NFL ready receiver in college football.
I say this because he is 6'3", fast and has great hands; if it wasn't for injuries and shoddy quarterback play, Allen would be considered the only truly elite college wide receiver.
Zach Maynard is both his brother and quarterback, and you can't help but think that a pair of siblings are likely to develop a very good understanding on the field.
Allen is raring to go after injury and will be dangerous.
Woods will have to impress even more than his sophomore counterpart in Marqise Lee.
Lee will force teams to leave Woods in single man coverage at times and I'm sure Woods will take advantage of what he may well see as a sign of disrespect.
Much like Watkins, Woods isn't the biggest of receivers, but he is a great deep threat who will put up big numbers no matter what because of his signal caller Matt Barkley.
Tavon Austin receives a ton of hype and is likely to once again shine with Geno Smith as his quarterback.
Austin overshadows his talented teammate Steadman Bailey largely because he is also a factor in the running and return games.
Now on to Watkins.
Watkins is the most exciting and versatile weapon in college football right now.
Whether you need a game-breaking play in the receiving, return, or running game, Watkins is likely to be the guy that makes the difference for Clemson.
Watkins will win the Biletnikoff award.
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