Etienne had widely been considered one of the top running back prospects eligible for the upcoming draft. Known for his blazing speed, the 20-year-old eclipsed 1,600 rushing yards for the second straight season in 2019 and totaled more than 2,000 combined yards.
Etienne's career stats
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Etienne's return means Clemson will have its star-studded backfield intact for another year; quarterback Trevor Lawrence isn't eligible for the NFL draft until 2021.
Etienne has helped the Tigers reach the College Football Playoff in each of his three seasons with the program. He had three touchdowns in the national title victory over Alabama last season and added another in Clemson's loss to LSU this year.