ESPN names Etienne 'X-factor' for Clemson


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ESPN names Etienne 'X-factor' for Clemson

Clemson true freshman running back Travis Etienne has a special burst of god-given speed that only a few ballcarriers possess throughout the country.

ESPN released their 'X-factor' players for each Top 25 team for the second half of the season and Etienne was their clear choice for the Tigers.

"He has just 51 carries in six games played, but Etienne has clearly established himself as one of the country's most explosive runners," ESPN said. "The true freshman has four carries of 50 yards or more, scoring six touchdowns and leading the Tigers in rushing yards. The problem, however, is that Etienne is still a work in progress in pass protection, and has had some notable misses in blitz pickup. That makes him a liability in passing situations, giving Clemson's offensive staff a big question to grapple with: explosiveness in the ground game, or consistency in pass protection?"

In 2017, Etienne has 51 carries for 446 yards and six rushing touchdowns.

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