Going simply by the numbers of Tavien Feaster for the Clemson Tigers in 2017, there is nothing to indicate that speed was ever an issue for the rising junior.
Feaster teamed with Travis Etienne and the pair were supplemented by Kelly Bryant to form a solid rushing attack last season and Feaster averaged 6.3 yards per carry. The former 100-meter specialist (10.42) looked explosive at times, but at 220 pounds he didn’t feel quite right.
This spring, Feaster has been on a mission to keep his playing weight closer to 215 pounds and he’s promising you’ll see a different version of him both technically and athletically in 2018.
“I wanted to focus on the fundamentals and regroup,” Feaster said according to Blythe Neal of TigerNet.com. “Better on pass protection and footwork. I’m not all the way where I want to be, but I took the steps in the right direction this spring and I am pleased with it.
“I’m almost there. A couple more pounds and I think I will be alright… I feel really good with my endurance and stamina, and I am a little bit faster and quicker than last year.”
Ideally, that will translate to more big plays from the Clemson running game and will perhaps allow co-offensive coordinators Jeff Scott and Tony Elliott to become less reliant on Bryant as a primary ballcarrier (he had 192 carries to 107 apiece for Feaster and Etienne in 2017).