Clemson duo makes Heisman watch list

May, 2, 2012
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Eighteen players are on the Heisman Pundit's first watch list for college football's most prestigious trophy, but only two are from the ACC. And both are from the same team.

Clemson's Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins are on the list after leading the Tigers to the ACC title last season.

Boyd quarterbacked the school's record-breaking offense in 2011, and Watkins played a big role in that during an All-America campaign that also earned him ACC rookie of the year honors. So it is no surprise to see such high expectations for the pair of underclassmen skill players.

The two will certainly have their chances to make national statements early, with the Chick-fil-A Kickoff against Auburn and an early-season trip to Florida State highlighting the September schedule.

I am a little surprised to see Logan Thomas not on the initial list, given the list's size and Thomas' promise entering 2012. The Virginia Tech quarterback is coming off a BCS-bowl appearance in his first year as a starter, had a strong spring and is already being touted as a high 2013 draft pick if things break right this season. The Hokies enter each campaign in the heart of the ACC title discussion, too, though I suppose questions about the rest of their offense have created a number of doubts with the season four months away.

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