Watkins was named the Most Outstanding Player in Clemson's 40-35 victory over Ohio State in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 3. He had 16 receptions for 227 yards and two touchdowns in the victory. The 16 receptions and 227 receiving yards established a Clemson single game record and an Orange Bowl record. The 16 receptions also tied an ACC standard for any game and established a record for a BCS Bowl game. The 227 yards were the second most receiving yards in any BCS Bowl game.