Illness to keep Watkins out of game

Clemson All-America receiver Sammy Watkins won’t play against Boston College because of an abdominal virus.


The school said in a statement Thursday that Watkins was diagnosed with the virus and would not travel with the 17th-ranked Tigers (3-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) when they face the Eagles (1-2, 0-1). It will be the third game this season Watkins will miss.

He sat out the first two games after his suspension for an off-season drug arrest. He returned Sept. 15 and had a 58-yard touchdown run against Furman. Last week, Watkins threw a 52-yard TD pass to Andre Ellington is Clemson’s 49-37 loss to No. 4 Florida State.

• A local police officer claimed Thursday that he was fired for giving a speeding ticket to coach Dabo Swinney.

Officer Michael McClatchy issued a ticket to Swinney on Sept. 3 after he clocked him going 63 mph in a 35 mph zone in the city of Pickens, located in the same county and only 20 miles down the road from Clemson.

The city of Pickens said it fired the officer because he posted his version of events on a South Carolina message board while still on duty and using a police department computer.

“I was wrongfully terminated for doing my job. The computer issue is a red herring,” McClatchy said.

Swinney said little during the stop, but his brother can be heard on the tape calling McClatchy a “disgrace to the badge” and saying he would “get it one day.”

GEORGIA: When Jordan Jenkins arrived on campus this summer, he had no idea he would receive the playing time that he has gotten so early in the season.

That hasn’t stopped the Harris County standout from setting a lofty goal for himself.

“My goal is somewhere near 10 sacks,” Jenkins said. “I know that’s a hard goal, but that’s something I have my mind set on.”

So far, Jenkins has played in every game, started against Florida Atlantic and has two sacks, both against Vanderbilt.

WISCONSIN: Senior running back Montee Ball will play Saturday night at Nebraska, Badgers coach Bret Bielema said Thursday.

Ball, a Heisman Trophy finalist last season, suffered a mild concussion in the first quarter of last week’s win against UTEP.

He also suffered a concussion when he was attacked by a group of men Aug. 1 in downtown Madison, Wis.

Bielema said earlier this week that Ball needed to pass concussion tests to be cleared to play at Nebraska.

Ball has 93 carries for 360 yards and three touchdowns this season.