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Gators lose top running back to transfer portal. Where will Trevor Etienne go?

The Florida Gators could be without a key weapon on their offense. Star running back Trevor Etienne has entered the transfer portal. Etienne, the younger brother of Clemson standout and current Jaguars star Travis is sure to have a great deal of suitors. While time will tell where he ultimately goes, he will provide an offensive weapon. Let's take a look at some of the potential landing spots for Etienne.

Etienne is a strong runner who has shown good vision and patience in his two-year stint with the Gators. He also shows his speed to break away from defenders in pursuit and try to tackle him. He also shows an ability to factor in the passing game, getting his first receiving touchdown this season and averaging eight yards a catch over the two seasons in Gainesville.

Florida State Seminoles - The Seminoles have re-established themselves on the national stage of college football and have done so with a variety of running backs. While they have not had a dominant back, both Trey Benson and Lawrance Toafili have been the leaders of the running back committee. Benson is likely headed to the NFL Draft and the Seminoles have also lost sophomore running back, CJ Campbell to the transfer portal as well. Adding a runner to the talent level of Etienne would be a huge get for the Seminoles as they look to add to their running back room.

Clemson Tigers - The younger brother of Tigers legend Travis Etienne could look to follow in his brother's footsteps and join the ranks at Clemson. This season, despite the struggles from the Tigers, Will Shipley and Phil Mafah were bright and formed a formidable 1-2 punch. With Shipley possibly leaving for the draft, adding Etienne could lessen the blow. Another option for the Tigers is if Shipley does stay (currently he is a junior), a transition to receiver could be in the cards. Junior receiver Beaux Collins has entered the transfer portal and utilizing the playmaking ability of Shipley as a receiver could help Clemson with Klubnik's development. He'd also be a good fit into the offensive system that Riley is trying to implement in Death Valley.

LSU Tigers - Etienne was born in Jennings, Louisiana and a return home could be a factor in his entering the transfer portal. Although the Tigers seem to be full at running back, the Tigers will be looking to create and duplicate the offense, specifically the rushing, that was done by Jayden Daniels who is likely headed to the NFL. Having a hometown kid like Etienne, who the Tigers pursued when he was in high school, would be a huge win and give Brian Kelly and his staff a boost in recruiting.

Ole Miss Rebels - So this one is a bit out there, but it makes a degree of sense. Lane Kiffin and the Rebels have shown they like to run and although Quinshon Judkins took more of the lead sharing the backfield with Ulysses Bentley IV, there could be room for Etienne. Bentley is heading to the draft, and a duo of Judkins and Etienne would be a lot of fun to watch in the Rebels offense. Etienne averaged six yards per carry on the ground while Judkins averaged 4.4 (on more carries) on the season.


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