Earlier this morning, information from ESPN's Stats & Info department helped illustrate what has gone wrong with Georgia Tech's offense in the past two weeks. Unfortunately for the Yellow Jackets, who host Clemson on Saturday, the Tigers haven't had that problem, thanks in large part to true freshman receiver Sammy Watkins.
ESPN's Stats & Information charted how successful Watkins is after he catches the ball, and 63.1 percent of his yards come after the catch. He has more yards after the catch than any other player on Clemson has receiving yards this season, including two games in which he gained over 100 yards after the catch.
Sammy Watkins receiving in 2011:
YAC PG: 64.6
YAC per reception: 9.6
Overall, Watkins has 109 more yards after the catch than any other player on a team ranked in the top 15 of the BCS standings.
Most Yards After the Catch for the top 15 receivers in the BCS standings:
Sammy Watkins, Clemson: 517
Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma: 408
Joe Adams, Arkansas: 337
Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State: 305
B.J. Cunningham, Michigan State: 292
ESPN's Stats & Info also calculated that Watkins averages 34.6 yards per touchdown reception and all nine of his touchdowns have been on receptions of at least 10 yards. Watkins has more 10-plus yard touchdowns than any other player in the country and one more 10-plus yard touchdowns than all of the other Clemson receivers combined.
FBS leaders in touchdown receptions of 10+ yards
Sammy Watkins, Clemson: 9
Marvin McNutt, Iowa: 8
Kendall Wright, Baylor: 8
Chris Givens, Wake Forest: 8