Clemson Football: How are the RBs shaping up post-spring?

Travis Etienne, Clemson football
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The Clemson football team may have one of the deepest running back rooms in the country. Here’s how the Tigers look at the position post-spring.

The 2020 Clemson football team is considered one of the favorites to reach the National Championship game and one of the major reasons has to do with the amount of skill-position players that are returning to the Tigers offensively.

Though the Clemson football program had its spring practice sessions cut short, the Tigers were still able to accomplish a lot and feel good about where they are heading into the summer.

Over the course of the next few weeks, Rubbing the Rock will be giving you our post-spring breakdown of each position group, including analysis and depth chart projections.

Today let’s continue the series with a look at the running backs.

Post-Spring Depth Chart Projection:

Starter: Travis Etienne


At this point, it does seem that there is a clear pecking order for 1-2. Travis Etienne returns to take over his starting role and Lyn-J Dixon will be the second-string running back who will likely see his role increased from last season.

What’s interesting is the battle behind those two guys.

Sophomores Chez Mellusi and Michel Dukes will battle with veteran Darien Rencher for the third spot, but it does seem that Mellusi may have pulled slightly ahead during the spring. Rencher and Dukes are still battling for that fourth spot and the truth is that we’ll likely see all three guys split reps with Mellusi and Dukes beginning to separate themselves as we get later into the 2020 Clemson football season.

But what will be most interesting has to do with two incoming freshmen.

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5-star RB Demarkcus Bowman and 4-star RB Kobe Pryor will arrive on campus at some point before the season and will both have an opportunity to get involved in the rotation. Bowman has been compared to C.J. Spiller in his explosiveness and it will clearly be hard to keep him off the field.