Made an instant impact as a freshman, as he enters 2022 after a debut season in which he rushed 149 times for 739 yards (5.0 avg.) with 11 touchdowns, caught 16 passes for 116 yards, averaged 27.1 yards on 14 kickoff returns and threw a two-yard touchdown pass in 378 snaps over 10 games (five starts).
2021: Second-team Freshman All-American according to The Athletic … fourth-team All-ACC pick by Phil Steele … rushed 149 times for 738 yards (5.0 avg.) with 11 touchdowns, caught 16 passes for 116 yards, averaged 27.1 yards on 14 kickoff returns and threw a two-yard touchdown pass in 378 snaps over 10 games (five starts) … his 11 rushing touchdowns were second-most by a Clemson true freshman since the NCAA instituted permanent freshman eligibility in 1972, trailing only Travis Etienne’s 13 in 2017 … joined Etienne (four in 2017) as the only Clemson true freshmen since 2000 with four multi-touchdown rushing games … posted three 100-yard rushing games, the most by a Clemson true freshman since C.J. Spiller’s five in 2006 … became the first Clemson player other than Etienne or Wayne Gallman to lead Clemson in rushing since 2013 (Rod McDowell), when Shipley was in fifth grade …finished with Clemson’s highest kickoff return average (27.1) in a season among qualified players since Spiller in 2009 (32.8) … three-time ACC Rookie of the Week, Clemson’s first three-time recipient since Trevor Lawrence (four in 2018) … rushed four times for seven yards, caught an 11-yard pass and returned one kickoff 18 yards vs. No. 5 Georgia … rushed for team-high 80 rushing yards on eight carries with two touchdowns vs. SC State, becoming the first Clemson true freshman with multiple rushing touchdowns in a game since his teammate, Lyn-J Dixon, rushed for two touchdowns at Wake Forest in 2018 … won ACC Rookie of the Week and shared team offensive player of the game honors for that performance against SC State … recorded career highs in rushing attempts (21) and rushing yards (88) and tied his career high with two rushing touchdowns vs. Georgia Tech, repeating as ACC Rookie of the Week and team offensive payer of the game … became the first Clemson true freshman with multiple rushing touchdowns in consecutive games since Travis Etienne accomplished the feat against Florida State and The Citadel in 2017 … rushed for a five-yard touchdown among his 11 carries for 36 yards at NC State, becoming the first Clemson true freshman with a rushing touchdown in three consecutive games since Travis Etienne’s four-game streak late in the 2017 season … returned from a leg injury at No. 23 Pitt, totaling 164 all-purpose yards with 10 carries for 52 rushing yards, one catch for five yards and four kickoff returns for 107 yards, sharing team special teams player of the game honors … earned a Hornung Award honor roll selection and team offensive player of the game honors after he rushed for 128 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries vs. Florida State, the first 100-yard rushing performance by a Clemson true freshman since 2018 (Lyn-J Dixon against Louisville) … added 142 all-purpose yards at Louisville with 47 rushing yards on 14 carries and 95 kickoff return yards, including a 75-yard kickoff return — Clemson’s longest since a 77-yard return by Artavis Scott against Louisville in 2016 — to share team special teams player of the game honors … earned ACC Co-Rookie of the Week after recording 111 rushing yards on 19 carries with two rushing touchdowns and also throwing for a touchdown vs. No. 13 Wake Forest, tying Travis Etienne (four in 2017) for the most games with multiple rushing touchdowns by a Clemson true freshman since 2000 … his two-yard touchdown pass against Wake Forest was the first by a Clemson non-quarterback since Sammy Watkins’ 52-yard touchdown pass to Andre Ellington at Florida State in 2012, as he became the first Clemson non-quarterback to both rush for a touchdown and throw for a touchdown since C.J. Spiller — his position coach — did so at NC State in 2009 … earned team offensive player of the game honors after rushing 19 times for a career-high-tying 128 yards and a touchdown at South Carolina, making him the first Clemson true freshman with back-to-back 100-yard rushing games since Spiller in 2006 … rushed for a team-high 61 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries and caught five passes for 53 yards vs. Iowa State … the rushing touchdown moved him past Spiller (10 in 2006) for the second-most rushing touchdowns by a Clemson true freshman since 1972.
Before Clemson: Ranked as five-star prospect by 247Sports and as a high four-star by ESPN.com and Rivals.com … ranked as the No. 21 overall player in the nation by ESPN.com, which also listed him as the second-best running back in the nation and second-best player from North Carolina … rated as the No. 1 all purpose running back and No. 45 overall player in the nation by Rivals.com… ranked No. 52 by 247Sports, the nation’s best all-purpose back and third-best player in North Carolina … PrepStar five-star recruit and Top 150 Dream Team selection who ranked as the nation’s No. 19 recruit, including the No. 2 running back prospect and top player in North Carolina … invited to play in the Under Armour All-America Game … Gatorade Player of the Year in North Carolina and Charlotte Observer Player of the Year for 2019 … led his 2019 team to a 16-0 record and the state 3A title … MVP of the 2019 state championship game when he rushed for 256 yards and scored four touchdowns in a win over Lee County for his program’s second straight state title … three-time all-conference and all-county selection who was also a two-time all-state selection and two-time MaxPreps All-American … did not have a 2020 high school season due to the COVID-19 pandemic … rushed for 4,173 yards on 503 carries (8.3 yards per rush) in his three-year high school career … had 1,411 receiving yards on 84 catches for a 16.8-yard average … scored 80 touchdowns in his career — 55 rushing, 23 receiving and two on defense … had an incredible 2019 season when he had 2,066 yards rushing on just 188 carries (11.0 yards per rush) and scored 31 rushing touchdowns … also had 34 catches for 582 yards and nine receiving touchdowns in 2019 … had 42 touchdowns that year, including 31 rushing, nine receiving and two on defense … as a sophomore in 2018, posted 1,417 yards rushing on 206 carries and scored 19 touchdowns … added 31 catches for 406 yards and six receiving touchdowns … added 49 tackles and two interceptions on defense … as a freshman, had 84 tackles and two interceptions … contributed 690 rushing yard and five rushing touchdowns on 109 carries, as well as 19 catches for 423 yards and eight receiving touchdowns, in his freshman campaign … also an outstanding lacrosse athlete who received college offers for that sport as well … scored 49 goals and had 59 assists in 38 career games … had 29 goals and 33 assists in 21 games in 2017 … helped his team to a pair of state lacrosse titles … won the state championship in 55 meters in the only year he ran indoor track, recording a time of 6.36 in the 55 meters … committed to Clemson on May 5, 2020 … recruited by Danny Pearman and Tony Elliott … played for Andy Capone at Weddington High School … straight-A student in high school.
Personal: Management major … enrolled at Clemson in January 2021 … born Aug. 29, 2002 … his brother, James, plays lacrosse at Penn.