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Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Tigers' Sammy Watkins named top rookie

By staff

Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins is the ACC's offensive and overall rookie of the year, as announced by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association today. He set league records for freshmen with 72 receptions, 1,073 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns.

Watkins received 43 of a possible 45 votes for offensive rookie of the year in balloting conducted by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. North Carolina running back Giovani Bernard was named on two ballots. The total gave Watkins a clear majority of the electorate over the top defensive rookie, Wake Forest defensive back Merrill Noel, who was honored with a separate award.