No Heisman for Clemson's Sammy Watkins in 2012
Now his Heisman chances are slim to none.
As if it wasn't hard enough for a player of his position to win the most prestigious college football award already—the last receiver to take home the trophy was Desmond Howard in 1991 (not including Charles Woodson, who saw some time on offense).
Since then, only quarterbacks and running backs have won the Heisman, with the exception of Woodson at defensive back in 1997.
Watkins put up insane numbers as a freshman last season, finishing with All-America honors and the expectancy to contend for Clemson's first-ever Heisman-winning player.
He ended up with 82 receptions for 1,219 yards and 12 touchdowns, while compiling 826 yards and a score off 33 kick returns (25.0 ypr).
The argument could be made that these statistics were much better than Desmond Howard's '91 season, but the field is also much stronger than that of Casey Weldon and Ty Detmer.
Watkins did not place in the top three last year, thanks to the breakout performances and big names of Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck and Trent Richardson—No. 2, 1 and 3 in the 2012 NFL draft.
However, with the heavyweights out of the picture, the highly-credentialed sophomore receiver was expected to make some noise alongside Matt Barkley, Montee Ball, Tyrann Matheiu, and such.
But the two-game suspension almost nullifies the probability of Watkins walking away as the Heisman Troophy winner.
He'll have to make up for his absence and then some in his final 10-plus games, likely having to rack up 2,500 total yards and at least 20 touchdowns to represent the Tigers in New York City.
It's not impossible, but very doubtful that Watkins will be the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner.
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