Swinney: WR Watkins working hard since drug arrest

Swinney: WR Watkins working hard since drug arrest

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Clemson's Sammy Watkins (2) breaks free from Wofford's Mike Niam during an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011, at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C. Clemson won 35-27. (AP Photo/ Richard Shiro)

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on July 19, 2012 at 2:10 PM

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -- Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says All-American receiver Sammy Watkins is working hard to redeem himself after last spring's drug arrest.  

Watkins was pulled over during a traffic stop and found to have a bag of marijuana and two pills he didn't have a prescription for. He was charged with two counts of possession, both misdemeanor charges.  

Watkins was eligible for a pretrial intervention program as a first time offender. 

Swinney said this week Watkins understood his mistake and is doing the things he must this offseason to regain the trust of his teammates and coaches after his mistake. Swinney has said Watkins will miss game time as part of his punishment for the arrest.  

The Tigers open the season at the Georgia Dome against Auburn on Sept. 1.
 

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