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Sammy Watkins

Per USA TODAY... http://content.usatoday.com/communities/campusrivalry/post/2012/05/reports-clemsons-sammy-watkins-arrested-for-unknown-reason/1#.T6QP0VIbDh5

Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins was arrested early Friday morning. According to the Clemson University Police, Watkins was charged with possession of a controlled substance and simple possession of marijuana, which are both misdemeanors.

CAPTION By Bob Donnan, US Presswire

Watkins was arrested by the Clemson University Police Department and then booked into the Clemson city jail. Watkins was released this morning.

"I made a mistake last night, and I am truly sorry for my actions," Watkins said in a statement. "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."

Watkins caught 82 passes as a freshman and led the team with 1,219 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns. He also set ACC freshman records in yardage, receiving and touchdowns last fall and helped Clemson win its first ACC championship since 1991.

"I am mad and hurt by the poor decision that Sammy Watkins made," Swinney said in a statement. "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."

Here's the text of the Clemson University Police release:

Clemson University police arrested two students on drug-related charges early Friday.

Samuel B. Watkins IV, 18, a freshman communication studies major from Fort Myers, Fla., and member of the football team, was charged with possession of a controlled substance and simple possession of marijuana, both misdemeanors.

Amadou-Tidiane Daniel Dia, 18, a freshman in parks, recreation and tourism management from Highlands Ranch, Colo., and member of the men's soccer team, was charged with simple possession of marijuana.

The men were arrested when police stopped the car Watkins was driving after an officer saw it scrape against a curb on campus and because the temporary license tag was not illuminated. When the officer pulled the car over in a parking lot off Commons Court, he smelled marijuana. During a search he found marijuana and two pills for which Watkins did not have a prescription.

The men were arrested and taken to the Clemson City Jail. Watkins was released Friday morning on a $1,620 personal recognizance bond, and Dia was released on a $620 personal recognizance bond.

The news was initially reported by CBS 7 (WSPA) in South Carolina. Greg Wallace of the Anderson Independent-Mail confirmed the report.

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