CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson Tigers running back Travis Etienne says he'll come back for his senior season, forgoing a chance to earn millions in the NFL next season so that he can complete his Clemson career.

Etienne, who's the school's all-time leading rusher, announced on social media Friday afternoon that he would return, a bit of a surprise since most elite players choose to skip their seniors seasons and go pro. 

"I have long dreamed of competing at the highest level and getting the chase to compete in the NFL," he wrote. "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."

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Etienne has rushed for 4,038 yards and 62 touchdowns in his college career, and has been instrumental in the team's recent success. During his time at Clemson the team has reached the national championship game twice and the college football playoff each year.  

He's been named the ACC Player of the Year the last two years. 

Some mock drafts had him going as high as late in the first round. 

With Etienne back, Clemson figures to be one of the top teams coming into the 2020 season.