CLEMSON -- Star receiver Sammy Watkins is listed as questionable for the N.C. State game on Clemson's official injury report released Thursday.
Coach Dabo Swinney said his record-setting receiver's AC joint injury is improving but is not yet 100 percent and will likely be a game-time decision. Clemson might also be exercising caution with Watkins as the No. 7 Tigers (9-1, 6-1 ACC) already clinched a division title and have games against South Carolina (Nov. 26) and the ACC title game (Dec. 3) remaining.
"He will dress and we will watch him in pregame warmups and see how he is," Swinney told reporters Thursday. "It might be a situation where he's ready and we see how we are doing. If we can hold him, we'll hold him."
Swinney said Watkins' range of motion had improved but he was has yet to take contact since injuring the shoulder against Wake Forest.
ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. on N.C. State cornerback David Amerson who leads the country with eight interceptions: "He has great size (6-3, 194) and phenomenal break-on-the-ball (ability) -- he can really turn his hips -- and he is a force against the run. Just a sophomore, he'll be on the NFL radar down the road."
Swinney said the N.C. State secondary presents a challenge, leading the country with 20 interceptions. "Defensively, I think they're probably playing their best football right now. "They have (cornerback) David Amerson, a guy we recruited and a guy we know well."
Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd has thrown four of his seven interceptions in the last two games.
Glennon a welcome foe
Given Clemson's struggles to contain mobile quarterbacks under Kevin Steele, N.C. State's Mike Glennon should be a welcome sight for a defense ranking 91st in the country in rush yards allowed per attempt (4.71). Glennon is one of the ACC's most immobile QBs. Clemson has allowed 100-yard rushing games to two QBs this season: Georgia Tech's Tevin Washington and Maryland's C.J. Brown.