Tavien Feaster has already shown the abilities that NFL teams look for in a running back. He’s willing to run between the tackles, but he can also catch passes out of the backfield. Now, all he has to do is finish high school.
Feaster, a senior running back at Spartanburg, S.C., was honored with his jersey as part of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance on Wednesday.
“My future is definitely as a running back, but I’m in the passing game a lot now and that that’s huge,” Feaster said. “I could be a third-down back in the future and help my team more where I’m needed as a pass catcher,” Feaster said.
Spartanburg is 6-0 and No. 16 in the Super 25 football rankings, thanks in no small part to Feaster, who has run for 426 yards and five touchdowns and caught 23 passes for 487 yards and six touchdowns.
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Vikings coach Chris Miller said Feaster fits in well with the team’s system.
“We definitely try to get him the ball and use him in all aspects of the game,” Miller said. “He’s got different aspects of a lot of guys I’ve known, but he’s a one of a kind. He has speed and strength and vision and can catch the ball. He can also be physical if he needs to.”
Feaster’s future team, Clemson, is 4-0 this season and ranked No. 6 in the country.
“They’ve been playing great so far,” Feaster said. “They’ve been very solid defensively and offensively, they have a rhythm. They run the ball a lot more than they have the past couple of years and as a running back, you like to see things like that. And they feature a back in the passing game, so that’s big.”
Feaster ran for 127 yards and a touchdown to lead Spartanburg to a 17-7 defeat of Byrnes last Thursday. It was the Vikings’ first defeat of the Rebels in their past 15 meetings.
“The field was really bad, it was a whole bunch of mud, but we still got the victory,” Feaster said. “It was amazing. On my ninth grade team, we lost something like 7-6 over there and that raised a bunch of eyebrows. Then the next year, Coach (Chris) Miller came here (from Byrnes). As a sophomore, we got beat 35-3 by Byrnes. Then my junior year, we lost 45-41. You know we had to go out with a bang and it was just great.”