College football teams looking for help at the running back position saw an intriguing name hit the transfer portal on Wednesday.
Tavien Feaster, a former top recruit who rushed for 1,330 yards in three years at Clemson, is now free to be contacted by other programs. In a press release, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said Feaster plans to graduate in August. Once he has his degree, Feaster will be immediately eligible to play at another school in 2019.
“Tavien has informed us that he has entered the transfer portal with the intention to finish his degree at Clemson by August and continue his college career somewhere else,” Swinney said. “We appreciate Tavien for everything he brought to Clemson University and our program and we wish him nothing but the best moving forward.”
When he signed with Clemson in 2016, Feaster was a four-star recruit who was rated No. 102 overall in the country by Rivals.com. Rivals also had him as the third-best all-purpose back in his class. Feaster saw action in 41 career games for the Tigers, compiling 1,330 yards and 15 touchdowns on 222 carries. His 5.99 yards per carry ranks second in program history. Feaster also has 23 catches for 183 yards and a score in his college career.
Feaster, who had a career-high 669 yards in 2017, was a secondary option behind Travis Etienne the last two seasons. Feaster was with the team for spring practice, though he acknowledged late last season that he was mulling a transfer.
With Feaster out of the picture, Clemson will continue to rely on Etienne, a junior with Heisman Trophy potential, as well as Lyn-J Dixon at the running back position. Dixon rushed for 547 yards and five touchdowns in 2018 as a freshman. He led the team with an 8.8-yard rushing average.
Though scholarship numbers can sometimes be tight this time of year, an experienced player like Feaster should not have a problem finding a landing spot for his senior season.
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