Travis Etienne
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Etienne with the Clemson Tigers in 2019
No. 1 – Jacksonville Jaguars
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1999-01-26) January 26, 1999 (age 23)
Jennings, Louisiana
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school:Jennings
College:Clemson (2017–2020)
NFL Draft:2021 / Round: 1 / Pick: 25
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2021
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Travis Etienne Jr. (born January 26, 1999) is an American football running back for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the Clemson Tigers and was selected by the Jaguars in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

Early years

Etienne was raised in Jennings, Louisiana and is of Louisiana Creole ancestry. His father works for a well service company in the oil industry, while his mother, Donnetta is a nurse.[1]

Etienne attended Jennings High School in Jennings, Louisiana. As a senior, he rushed for 2,459 yards with 39 touchdowns.[2] For his career, he had 8,864 total yards with 115 total touchdowns.[3] He was rated as a four star recruit and the 15th highest rated running back recruit in the country by the 247Sports.com Composite, which aggregates the ratings of the major recruiting services.[4] Etienne committed to Clemson University to play college football on January 21, 2017.[5][6]

College career

Freshman year

As a freshman at Clemson in 2017, Etienne led the team in rushing with 766 yards on 107 carries with 13 touchdowns.[7][8][9]

Sophomore year

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.[10][11] 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.[12] He was named a first-team All-American by Sporting News and ESPN, and was a consensus second-team All-American.[13]

Junior year

Etienne started his junior year at Clemson with a career-high 205 yards and three touchdowns in the first game of the season.[14] 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.[15] 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.[16] 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.[17]

Despite projections that Etienne would enter the 2020 NFL Draft, he announced on January 17, 2020 that he would remain with Clemson for his senior year.[18]

Senior year

On October 31, 2020, in a 34-28 win over Boston College, Etienne finished with two touchdowns and a career-high 264 all-purpose yards. With the performance, he scored a touchdown in 42 games, breaking Donnel Pumphrey's record for most in FBS history. He finished his career with touchdowns scored in 46 games. With his 4,952 career rushing yards Etienne also broke the ACC career rushing record previously held by Ted Brown.[19] He also set ACC career records for rushing touchdowns (70), total touchdowns (78), and total points scored (468). He scored at least one touchdown in 46 of 55 career games, setting the FBS and NCAA records.

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
5 ft 10+18 in
(1.78 m)
215 lb
(98 kg)
30+18 in
(0.77 m)
9+38 in
(0.24 m)
4.45 s 1.56 s 2.50 s 33.5 in
(0.85 m)
10 ft 8 in
(3.25 m)
18 reps
All values from Pro Day[20][21]

Etienne officially declared for the 2021 NFL Draft in January 2021.[22] He was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the 25th overall selection, which they previously obtained from a trade that sent Jalen Ramsey to the Los Angeles Rams. This reunited Etienne with his college quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who was taken by the Jaguars first overall in the same draft.[23] On May 15, Jaguars coach Urban Meyer announced that Etienne would spend the Jaguars minicamp as a wide receiver, rather than a running back.[24] On July 19, 2021, Etienne signed his four-year rookie contract with the Jaguars, worth $12.9 million.[25]

During the Jaguars second preseason game against the New Orleans Saints, Etienne suffered a Lisfranc injury and was subsequently ruled out indefinitely.[26][27] It was later revealed that Etienne had suffered a significant tear in the lisfranc zone of his foot, which required surgery, and prematurely ended his 2021 season.[28] He was placed on season-ending injured reserve later in the day.[29]

References

  1. ^ Cleary, Tom, ed. (January 7, 2019). "Travis Etienne's Family: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know". Heavy.com. Retrieved July 20, 2021.
  2. ^ Oliver, Gavin (August 11, 2017). "Etienne's explosiveness jumps out at Elliott". The Clemson Insider. Retrieved September 6, 2019.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ "Travis Etienne, Jennings, Running Back". 247Sports.com. Retrieved January 7, 2019.
  5. ^ Hunte, Sydney (September 18, 2017). "Clemson football: Travis Etienne "glad" he choose Clemson over LSU". Dayton Daily News. Cox Enterprises. Retrieved September 6, 2019.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ Connolly, Matt (June 25, 2018). "What Travis Etienne did to earn Clemson's starting running back job". The State. McClatchy. Retrieved September 6, 2019.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ "Travis Etienne College Stats". Sports Reference. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  11. ^ "2018 Leaders". Sports Reference. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  12. ^ "Clemson's Etienne Voted ACC Player of the Year". Atlantic Coast Conference. November 28, 2018. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  13. ^ Russo, Ralph D. (December 10, 2018). "AP All-America team: Tide leads with 4 of 10 CFP players". Associated Press. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ "No. 4 Clemson routs Wofford 59-14 for 24th straight victory". ESPN.com. Associated Press. November 2, 2019.
  16. ^ Gillespie, Mike (December 4, 2019). "Travis Etienne named ACC Player of the Year again". ABC Columbia.
  17. ^ "2019 Year Summary". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved January 17, 2020.
  18. ^ Rittenberg, Adam (January 17, 2020). "Clemson RB Travis Etienne surprises by returning for senior season". ESPN.com.
  19. ^ Adelson, Andrea (October 31, 2020). "Clemson Tigers' Travis Etienne sets records for career rushing yards, games with touchdown". ESPN. Retrieved November 7, 2020.
  20. ^ "Travis Etienne Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved July 2, 2021.
  21. ^ "Travis Etienne, Clemson, RB, 2021 NFL Draft Scout, NCAA College Football". draftscout.com. Retrieved July 2, 2021.
  22. ^ Lentz, Zack (January 7, 2021). "Travis Etienne Declares For the NFL Draft". si.com. Retrieved April 3, 2021.
  23. ^ Oehser, John (April 29, 2021). "No. 25 overall: Etienne is the selection". Jaguars.com. Retrieved May 7, 2021.
  24. ^ "Meyer, Jags envision rookie Etienne as a 'hybrid'". May 15, 2021.
  25. ^ "Jaguars Sign Travis Etienne".
  26. ^ "Jaguars RB Travis Etienne suffered Lisfranc injury vs. Saints, will undergo further tests". NFL.com. Retrieved August 24, 2021.
  27. ^ "Source: Jags' Etienne grounded with foot injury". ESPN.com. August 24, 2021. Retrieved August 24, 2021.
  28. ^ "Travis Etienne to have foot surgery, out for the season". NFL. Retrieved August 24, 2021.
  29. ^ "Jaguars RB Etienne placed on season-ending IR". ESPN.com. August 24, 2021. Retrieved August 25, 2021.