By PETE IACOBELLIAP Sports Writer
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - If Sammy Watkins is playing out his final few games with No. 9 Clemson, he's determined to finish with a flourish.
Watkins' stellar run began last week with a record-setting 14-catch, 163-yard showing in a 40-27 win at Maryland. He and the Tigers (7-1, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) close out their league road schedule at Virginia (2-6, 0-4) on Saturday.
The 6-foot-1, 205-pound junior bettered the mark of 13 receptions set in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl of former teammate DeAndre Hopkins. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney believes Watkins' speed and technique will lead him to follow Hopkins as an NFL first-rounder next spring.
Watkins displays those skills whenever he lines up and leads the ACC with 813 receiving yards. His 58 catches are third in the league.Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.