Travis Etienne Jr. (born January 26, 1999) is an American football running back for the Clemson Tigers.

Travis Etienne
Clemson Tigers – No. 9
PositionRunning back
MajorSports Communication
Career history
Bowl games
High schoolJennings (Jennings, Louisiana)
Personal information
Born: (1999-01-26) January 26, 1999 (age 20)
Jennings, Louisiana
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight210 lb (95 kg)
Career highlights and awards

Early yearsEdit

Etienne attended Jennings High School in Jennings, Louisiana. As a senior, he rushed for 2,459 yards with 39 touchdowns.[1] For his career, he had 8,864 total yards with 115 total touchdowns.[2] He was rated as a four star recruit and the 15th highest rated running back recruit in the country by the Composite, which aggregates the ratings of the major recruiting services.[3] Etienne committed to Clemson University to play college football on January 21, 2017.[4][5] Etienne is of Louisiana Creole and Haitian ancestry.

College careerEdit


As a freshman at Clemson in 2017, Etienne led the team in rushing with 766 yards on 107 carries with 13 touchdowns.[6][7][8]


As a sophomore in 2018, he was a key member of a Clemson team that won the national championship. Etienne rushed for 1,659 yards on the year and had an FBS-leading 24 rushing touchdowns. He had an additional two receiving touchdowns, bringing his total touchdowns from scrimmage to 26, which also led FBS.[9][10] After winning the 2018 ACC Championship Game against Pitt, Etienne was named the MVP of the game. Etienne was named ACC Player of the Year and ACC Offensive Player of the Year following the regular season.[11] He was named a first-team All-American by Sporting News and ESPN, and was a consensus second-team All-American.[12]


Etienne started his junior year at Clemson with a career-high 205 yards and three touchdowns in the first game of the season.[13] He bested this in a November 2 game against Wofford, when he ran for 212 yards and two touchdowns on just 9 attempts (23.6 yards per attempt). He became the first Clemson running back to have three career 200-yard games.[14] At the conclusion of the regular season, Etienne was named ACC Player of the Year, ACC Offensive Player of the Year, and first-team All-ACC; all for the second consecutive year. He is the first Clemson player to win consecutive ACC Player of the Year awards since Steve Fuller in 1977–78.[15] Etienne ended his junior season with 1,614 rushing yards and an ACC-leading 19 rushing touchdowns. His 7.8 yards-per-carry were second most in FBS.[16]

Despite widely being expected to declare for the 2020 NFL Draft, Etienne announced on January 17, 2020 that he would be returning to Clemson for his senior season.[17]


  1. ^ Oliver, Gavin (August 11, 2017). "Etienne's explosiveness jumps out at Elliott". The Clemson Insider. Retrieved September 6, 2019.
  2. ^ Dabe, Christopher (December 31, 2017). "Clemson's Louisiana-born Travis Etienne comes home to face Alabama in Sugar Bowl semifinal". The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate. Retrieved September 6, 2019.
  3. ^ "Travis Etienne, Jennings, Running Back". Retrieved January 7, 2019.
  4. ^ Hunte, Sydney (September 18, 2017). "Clemson football: Travis Etienne "glad" he choose Clemson over LSU". Dayton Daily News. Cox Enterprises. Retrieved September 6, 2019.
  5. ^ Bewers, James (January 26, 2017). "Video: LSU target, Jennings RB Travis Etienne commits to Clemson, 'the real Death Valley". The Advocate. Retrieved September 6, 2019.
  6. ^ Raynor, Grace (July 11, 2018). "Clemson football Top 10: What's next for explosive RB Travis Etienne?". The Post and Courier. Evening Post Industries. Retrieved September 6, 2019.
  7. ^ Connolly, Matt (June 25, 2018). "What Travis Etienne did to earn Clemson's starting running back job". The State. McClatchy. Retrieved September 6, 2019.
  8. ^ Louis-Jacques, Marcel (March 14, 2018). "Clemson RB Travis Etienne more comfortable in first spring, but still has a lot to learn". The Anderson Independent-Mail. Gannett. Retrieved September 6, 2019.
  9. ^ "Travis Etienne College Stats". Sports Reference. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  10. ^ "2018 Leaders". Sports Reference. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  11. ^ "Clemson's Etienne Voted ACC Player of the Year". Atlantic Coast Conference. November 28, 2018. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  12. ^ Russo, Ralph D. (December 10, 2018). "AP All-America team: Tide leads with 4 of 10 CFP players". Associated Press. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  13. ^ Keepfer, Scott (August 30, 2019). "Travis Etienne's performance against Georgia Tech boosted his Heisman Trophy prospects". The Greenville News. Gannett. Retrieved September 7, 2019.
  14. ^ "No. 4 Clemson routs Wofford 59-14 for 24th straight victory". Associated Press. November 2, 2019.
  15. ^ Gillespie, Mike (December 4, 2019). "Travis Etienne named ACC Player of the Year again". ABC Columbia.
  16. ^ "2019 Year Summary". Retrieved January 17, 2020.
  17. ^ Rittenberg, Adam (January 17, 2020). "Clemson RB Travis Etienne surprises by returning for senior season".

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