Born and raised in Jennings, Louisiana, Etienne came to South Carolina to attend Clemson University as the last commitment in the 2017 recruiting class. This past fall, the sophomore had a record-breaking season that saw him in consideration for most explosive players in the country. He ran for a school-record 1,658 yards on 204 carries with a school-record 24 rushing touchdowns.
He also added two receiving touchdowns, which was good enough to tie the ACC record for total touchdowns in a season with 26. Etienne’s accomplishments on the field earned him ACC Player of the Year, ACC Offensive Player of the Year, and first team All-ACC honors. Nationally he was a Doak Walker Award Finalist, Maxwell Award Semifinalist, and named to numerous first and second All-American teams. While averaging an astounding 8.12 yards per carry he posted eight 100 plus yard games including a 203-yard 3 touchdown day against Syracuse.
The three-touchdown day against Syracuse was one of four games in which he recorded at least three total touchdowns during the 2018 season. This includes the three total touchdowns he scored against Alabama in the National Championship game to lead the Tigers to a 44-16 win and a 15-0 undefeated season. The upcoming junior running back will be considered a preseason Heisman candidate going into the 2019 campaign.
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