They won a national title together at Clemson and now, Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne will again suit up for the same team — the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Lawrence, the first overall pick in the NFL draft that began April 29, and Etienne, the 25th pick overall, made history as the first quarterback/running back duo selected from the same school by the same team in the first round since 1967, Clemson Athletics said in a statement on ClemsonTigers.com.
“The Jaguars are getting a winner, capital W-I-N-N-E-R, WINNER,” Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said of Lawrence. “They’re getting a great human being, great leader and a highly skilled football player.”
Etienne, who according to Clemson is one of only 12 players in FBS history with more than 4,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards, is an all-around threat out of the backfield, Swinney said.
“He is a first-, second- and third-down guy, and he can change the game any play, any quarter. Any time he touches the ball, he is one of those guys that you’ve got to hold your breath.”
According to the university, only three Clemson running backs have gone in the first round since the NFL merged in 1967: Terrence Flagler, C.J. Spiller and Etienne.
Lawrence helped guide Clemson to the program’s third national title in 2018, starting the final 11 games of the Tigers’ first 15-0 campaign since 1897. He is also the university’s winningest quarterback — 34 wins in 36 starts.
He won the Bobby Bowden Trophy and ACC Player of the Year and was a finalist for the 2020 Heisman Trophy.
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