"I know he's a very sharp-minded football coach on the cutting edge, and that's always great to see, how he grows his offense. They definitely have those guys going. As a high school coach in state of Texas, that is one of the guys that you always looked at, and again, always on the cutting edge of things."
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Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins made the Associated Press first-team All-America squad as a freshman this season, but missed one game and was limited in another late in the schedule with a right shoulder injury.
He missed the team's loss to North Carolina State and wasn't himself a week later in the regular-season finale against South Carolina, but caught five passes for 80 yards and a touchdown in the ACC Championship Game against Virginia Tech.
"Sammy's shoulder is good," Morris said. "I know he took a pretty good hit in practice the other day on a pass and hopped right up and away he went. If his shoulder was bothering him, he would have definitely been limited from that point. But I think you've got him back healthy, and that's always good to have."
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Watkins set a variety of school and conference receiving and all-purpose records in his first season of college football and finished with 77 receptions for 1,153 yards and 11 touchdowns. The Tigers knew he'd be special even before he came to campus.
"The first plane that I was on was to Fort Myers to make sure that we were able to keep Sammy and at least let Sammy understand what we were going to be about, what kind of offense we were going to run," Morris said.
"I remember sitting in his living room and talking to him and sharing with him, 'Hey, look, we're going to throw the football deep and we're going to get the ball in your hands. How fast you grasp this offense will be determined by you and how well you come in prepared.'"
Quarterback Tajh Boyd remembered the first time he got together with his receivers in a summer workout
"I said run a post route and I threw and thought, 'Ah, hell, I overthrew it,'" Boyd said. "But his turnover was so ridiculous that he ran under it and caught it."
When Boyd and Morris were finally allowed to talk before the start of preseason practice, Boyd couldn't stop gushing about Watkins
"It took about five minutes in the first day of practice to realize I needed to figure out how to keep it simple and get him the football," Morris said.
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