Clemson Football: Travis Etienne receives Heisman votes

Clemson football running back Travis Etienne received several votes in the final Heisman totals. The award went to Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray.

Clemson football running back Travis Etienne has had a stellar season for the Tigers.

The sophomore finished second in the Doak Walker Award standings and apparently received quite a few Heisman votes.

According to Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples, Etienne finished seventh overall in the Heisman standings and was the first running back to show up in the voting.


Travis Etienne received six 2nd place votes and 17 3rd place votes in the Heisman race. The final results were a runaway for Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray and, to no surprise, Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa finished second.

Through 13 games, Etienne has 176 carries for 1,463 yards and 21 touchdowns. That’s an average of 8.3 yards per carry.

The sophomore was voted the ACC Player of the Year and did an excellent job leading that vaunted rushing attack for Clemson football.

I love watching Etienne play because at any time, he break off a big run for a touchdown. He’s got that kind of explosiveness and athleticism. He runs hard and is just able to find the open hole. When he’s out in space, there is no catching him.

Etienne didn’t receive more Heisman votes because of that stint of a couple of games in October where his rushing stats didn’t look like video game numbers, but he still did a great job even in those games of getting what he could.

I’m interested in seeing just what Etienne can do here in the College Football Playoff. He’s going to be relied upon to carry the ball probably more than 20 times and it will be fun to see if he can get anywhere close to those yards per attempt numbers against Notre Dame here in a just a couple of weeks.