From C.J. Spiller to James Davis to Andre Ellington to Wayne Gallman, Clemson has produced its share of impressive running backs.
Travis Etienne is trying to join that group and is off to a strong start.
Etienne has been praised by Clemson’s coaching staff and his teammates over the past couple of weeks, and Tigers coach Dabo Swinney recently compared him to other former great running backs at Clemson.
“He’s right there with those guys,” Swinney said. “He’s a little different, but he’s got some attributes of Ellington. He’s a very natural runner. Faster, but he’s got some explosiveness of a Spiller. He’s got it all.”
Etienne did not play in a spread offense in high school but has had no problem making the adjustment.
“He’s just a kid coming from a different type of an offense, and he’s adjusting to the speed of it, the physicality of it. I love his toughness, that’s what I love,” Swinney said.
“He ain’t scared. He’s a tough, tough kid. When the ball’s in his hand he knows what to do with it. He has a great ability to make people miss in space, and he’s got another gear. He’s got a very special gear. He can go.”