Clemson routed Syracuse 54-0 in yesterday’s contest. The offense was clicking on a pace that we have not seen very often this season. Watson and Nick Schuessler were sharp through the air; and the offensive line was stout despite missing starting right tackle Jake Fruhmorgen. The Tigers also ran the ball well, lead by Wayne Gallman and Tavien Feaster.
Tavien Feaster may be a true freshman, but, he sure doesn’t run like one. Feaster posses the explosiveness, and speed of a back two to three years his senior.
Moving forward, the Tigers ability to run the football will be pivotal. Should the Tigers make it to the ACC Championship and College Football Playoff, they will need to be able to dictate tempo with their ground game. When Wayne Gallman is gassed, Clemson needs a viable back-up, Feaster is that guy. Tavien provides a change of pace with his elite speed.
Giving Feaster an increased role will take pressure off of Deshaun Watson as a runner. The Tigers need Watson to win a national championship, there’s no debating that, so it is vital that Watson stay healthy throughout the duration of the season.
I believe that Feaster will continue to see more playing time. Co-Offensive coordinators Jeff Scott and Tony Elliot will find ways to get the speedy freshman the ball in space. Whether it be through screens, or lining him up in the slot.