Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said running back Tavien Feaster has made big strides in camp and is getting a lot of first team reps with junior C.J. Fuller.
“You want to see him cut it loose,” Swinney said following Monday’s practice at Jervey Meadows. “He is a 220-pound guy that can fly, but he has not always played like that. We are starting to see … he caught a screen and banged it through the smoke the other day, which we were really happy to see, and then he took a short-yardage play and took it about 70 yards and nobody caught him.”
Actually, it was an 80-yard touchdown run.
“It was good to see him have some of those types of plays,” Swinney said. “We have a good situation at running back. We have good players. All those guys can play … every single one of them.”
Speaking of running backs. Though he has been the surprise of fall camp, Swinney says freshman running back Travis Etienne is still the number four running back behind C.J. Fuller, Tavien Feaster and Adam Choice.
“Travis is exciting because he runs like someone is trying to kidnap him from behind every time he gets the ball. He is just desperate,” Swinney said. “That’s how I will kind of describe him. He is so fast and has great vision. He still has to put it all together. He is going to have some great opportunities as we got through the season.”
Spiers named starting punter. Swinney also announced Will Spiers has won the punting job and will be on the field for the season opener against Kent State on Sept 2. His father, Bill Spiers, was Clemson’s starting punter on the 1986 ACC Championship Team, and then went on to a 13-year Major League Baseball career.
Swinney also said the starting right tackle competition between Sean Pollard and Tremayne Anchrum continues.
Turning the page. With one day left in camp, Swinney said they have already started turning the page and have begun preparation for Kent State.
“Everyone was happy to see that,” he said. “This team is ready to play someone else. The defense responded today. There was attention to detail on that side of the ball and they put in a good day’s work. I could sense the energy today.”
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