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College football notebook: Clemson RB Etienne to return

Field Level Media
18 Jan 2020, 12:05 GMT+10

Clemson star running back Travis Etienne announced Friday he will return to school for his senior season.

Etienne was forecasted to be selected in the latter part of the first round or in the second round of the NFL draft, making his decision is to return to Clemson a bit of a surprise. Set to turn 21 on Jan. 26, he weighed the pros and cons since Monday night's loss to LSU in the College Football Playoff title game.

"Speaking of dreams, I have long dreamed of competing at the highest level and getting the chance to compete in the NFL," Etienne wrote in a post on his Twitter account. "But I'm not done dreaming here at Clemson either, which is why I'm announcing that I'll be returning for my senior season. I look forward to earning my degree from this great university and continuing to fight with my brothers on the team to make you proud during the 2020 season."

The 5-foot-10, 210-pound Etienne has rushed for a school-record 4,038 yards and holds Atlantic Coast Conference records for rushing touchdowns (56) and total touchdowns (62).

--LSU tight end Thaddeus Moss, son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Randy Moss, and linebacker K'Lavon Chaisson declared for the 2020 NFL Draft.

With his family watching in the stands, Thaddeus Moss had two touchdown receptions in LSU's 42-25 win over Clemson on Monday night in the College Football Playoff championship game. He finished the game with five catches for 36 yards. The 6-foot-3, 249-pound Moss finished the season with 47 receptions for 570 yards and four touchdowns.

The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Chaisson led the Tigers in sacks this season, tallying 6.5 to go along with 60 tackles in 13 games, all starts. He also had a team-leading 13.5 tackles for loss.

--The Georgia Bulldogs added former Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Todd Monken to their coaching staff, head coach Kirby Smart announced.

Monken, 53, spent just one season in Cleveland under former Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens, and new coach Kevin Stefanski did not retain him.

Monken's mission will be to revive the Bulldogs' offense, which ranked No. 72 in the nation in passing last season (fifth in the SEC) with 223.0 yards per game and No. 50 in scoring with 30.8 points per game (fifth in SEC). He'll have to do it while breaking in a new quarterback as three-year starter Jake Fromm announced he will enter the NFL draft.

--Field Level Media

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