Tennessee DE compares Shipley to premier SEC back

As one of Tennessee’s starting defensive linemen, Byron Young has gone up against eight SEC offenses this season.

And there’s one of those running backs that Will Shipley reminds him of.

“If I do say somebody, I’d say the running back for Alabama, (Jahymr) Gibbs,” said Young,

 an all-SEC defensive end for the Vols. “He’s a little bit more shifter.

 and to be able to move around in the backfield, yeah. I’d say the Alabama running back for sure.”

Shipley, Clemson’s sophomore running back, eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing mark this season.

He’s averaging 5.8 yards per carry and has rushed for 15 touchdowns, second-most in the ACC.

 Meanwhile, Gibbs is averageing 6.3 yards per carry in his first season at Alabama after transferring from Georgia Tech.

One of the nation’s more versatile backs, Gibbs has also caught 42 passes this season.

Shipley has been equally as multifaceted for the Tigers, ranking third on the team with 34 receptions.

 Gibbs and Shipley, a former five-star recruit, have also been used on special teams with 11 kickoff returns each.

Shipley said he personally likes to compare himself to former Standout standout,

 and NFL running back Christian McCaffrey, but he doesn’t disagree with the parallels to Gibbs’ game.


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