Travis Etienne: 3 things to know about Jacksonville Jaguars' first-round draft pick
The Jacksonville Jaguars selected Clemson running back Travis Etienne with the No. 25 overall pick in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Here are three things to know about Etienne.
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1. He was a touchdown machine
Etienne scored 78 total touchdowns from scrimmage in his four years at Clemson, including 70 on the ground, both ACC records. The 70 rushing TDs rank sixth all-time in college football history.
“A true game-changer at running back,” said ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay. “He’s exactly that, scoring 78 touchdowns from scrimmage over his time at Clemson. Let that sink in. The man was in the end zone 78 times in a college uniform.”
2. Clemson almost lost out to Texas A&M
Etienne grew up in Louisiana and he originally was going to attend Texas A&M, then decommitted prior to his senior year in high school in 2016 with an eye on switching to Clemson.
Clemson had already received a commitment from another big running back recruit, Cordarrian Richardson, but as fate would have it, Richardson decommitted and Etienne became the last member of Clemson’s 2017 recruiting class. Richardson ended up at Texas A&M.
3. High school numbers off the charts
Etienne’s incredible college statistics probably shouldn’t have surprised anyone who watched him play at Jennings High.
He earned Louisiana All-State AAA MVP honors as a junior with 2,938 rushing yards and 42 touchdowns in only 11 games, averaging 267.1 yards per game and 12.0 yards per carry. And as a senior, he rushed for 2,459 rushing yards and 39 total touchdowns, averaging 11.7 yards per carry. He finished his prep career with 7,518 rushing yards and 115 total touchdowns.