Dabo Swinney has been saying since August that when Clemson running back Tavien Feaster kicks it out of fourth gear and drops into fifth gear, he is hard to catch.
In Friday’s 56-10 victory at Boston College, Feaster showed what Swinney was talking about. With a little more than three minutes to play in the game, the true freshman took a handoff from quarterback Kelly Bryant as a hole opened on the left side of the offensive line.
Feaster, who was a state champion in the 100-meters in high school, saw the hole and then kicked it into fifth gear as he sprinted 45 yards untouched for a touchdown with 3:09 to play in the game.
“It is good to see Feaster get in there and hit it,” Swinney said. “That is the gear we have been waiting to see. It was great to see him instinctively cut it loose.”
The 45-yard jaunt was the longest of the young running back’s career. He also finished the game with four carries for 46 yards. His 14.0 yards per carry average was top’s on the team.
Feaster was not the only freshman to play in Friday’s road win. Defensive backs Trayvon Mullen and K’Von Wallace saw a lot of playing time in the nickel position. Joining Feaster on the offensive side were freshmen wide receivers Diondre Overton and Kornell Powell, while Sean Pollard, John Simpson and Tremayne Anchrum all played on the offensive line.
In all, the Tigers brought 72 players with them to Boston College and played just about every one of them.
“We played a lot of people and they continued to play well,” Swinney said. “It is good to see all of those guys. Tyshon (Dye), Adam (Choice) and (C.J.) Fuller all get opportunities to play, those linemen, tight ends and the same thing defensively.
“We played a lot of guys tonight and guys continue to play at a high level no matter what the score was. We are really proud of our guys.”