Clemson running back Travis Etienne has been waiting his whole life to play on the biggest stage in his home state, and he’ll get his chance New Year’s Day.
Etienne, a Jennings, Louisiana native, never got the opportunity to play in the State Championship Game, held at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. He will have a chance to live a lifelong dream when he suits up from Clemson in the Sugar Bowl.
He’s already fielded many requests from family and friends in his hometown, about 2 1/2 hours away from New Orleans.
The freshman running back has had one of the most memorable first-year campaigns of any in recent memory, including a flourish at the finish with touchdowns in seven of his last eight games.
Etienne talks about the emotions of playing close to home, and those who have helped him adjust in his first collegiate season:
Clemson began its first of 15 permitted bowl practices on Sunday, juggling time on the field with time in the classroom due to exam week.
Tiger players continue to rack up postseason awards as the Associated Press named DE Clelin Ferrell a 1st-Team All-American. Offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt, DT Christian Wilkins and LB Dorian O’Daniel made the second team, while OG Tyrone Crowder and DE Austin Bryant were awarded third-team honors.
Ferrell played a reserve role in last year’s National Championship Game against the Crimson Tide, but he’s eager to take on the increased spotlight in this year’s matchup:
Clemson and Alabama meet on January 1st in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.