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After being arrested and taken to the Clemson City Jail, Watkins was released on a $1,620 personal recognizance bond.
"I made a mistake last night and I am truly sorry for my actions," Watkins said in a news release. "I let the team down, the coaches down and this university down. I will learn from this. I will accept any discipline coach [Dabo] Swinney and the university issues."
Discipline is likely on the way, though whether Watkins misses a game (or games) remains to be seen.
"I am aware of the arrest last night," Swinney said in a release. "I am mad and hurt by the poor decision that Sammy Watkins made. He is a good young man who has been a model student, citizen, player and teammate. This is a reminder that good people make poor decisions. But, there are consequences for your actions ... and there will be in this case.
"I am in the process of gathering the facts and discipline will be determined when I have completed that process."
It goes without saying what Watkins means to Clemson. He was the ACC's Rookie of the Year and, as we have stated in this space before, is primed to be the conference's next big national star.
A suspension would definitely hurt the Tigers offensively, especially if it were to come in Week 1 against Auburn. The spotlight may grow a little larger on DeAndre Hopkins, whom Swinney labeled the team's spring MVP. Having 1,604 career receiving yards and nine touchdowns under his belt doesn't hurt, either.
Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins was arrested early Friday and charged with possession of a controlled substance and simple possession of marijuana, both misdemeanors.