OTB: Feaster eyeing top running back spot, Trevion Thompson responding well from injury
CLEMSON — Tavien Feaster watched from the sidelines when Clemson strung together its national championship-winning drive in Tampa, Fla. during the wee hours of Jan. 10, ecstatic to just be part of the celebration.
“I got to be there for a national championship and contribute on special teams,” the rising sophomore running back said. “So I was just thankful to be there.”
But exactly two months later, Feaster now has higher expectations for himself than just watching and contributing sparsely. Standing on Clemson’s practice field Friday, he spoke of how his sights are set on winning the No. 1 running back job, now that Wayne Gallman has graduated and departed for the NFL.
First he will have to beat out the likes of Adam Choice and C.J. Fuller, but Friday, Feaster indicated he is much more confident than he was a season ago.
“It helped me grow a lot, on and off the field,” he said of a freshman year that only featured two rushing touchdowns. “I grew up a lot and just appreciated the moments when I got on the field.”
From Gallman, he learned the importance of preparation.
“First you learn how to practice. The guy practiced 110 percent every day. He’s just a work horse, he’s just grinding every day,” Feaster said. “He just basically showed why he was the leader of this group and one of the best backs in the country.”
Scott on Bryant
It has been well documented by now that Kelly Bryant is currently Clemson’s No. 1 quarterback in spring practice, but Friday, co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott gave some specific intel into what exactly has set Bryant apart from his competitors so far.
“No. 1 is the confidence, just going out there the way he carries himself and everything. But also I would say getting rid of the ball on time,” Scott said. “A big part of our passing game is timing. Quick gain, drop back, so many things have to be thrown on time. And I think because he’s confident in knowing what to do, where to go with the ball and those type of things, he’s throwing the ball in rhythm and making some really nice throws.”
Bouncing back from injury
Clemson wide receiver Trevion Thompson injured his wrist in the ACC Championship game and missed the Tigers’ College Football Playoff matchups with Ohio State and Alabama.
Now healthy, Thompson has bounced back strong through the first six spring practices, Scott said Friday.
“He hasn’t backed down at all. I had some questions in my mind of how he would attack the ball and if he would do different things and try to catch the ball in his body and all that. And he’s competed,” Scott said. “Trevion’s a guy, he’s been around for a while, (and) could move around. He’s playing both the five-man and the nine-man and he played a lot of nine-man (Friday) ... we’ve been very pleased. He hasn’t really shown any negative things with his wrist.”