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Clemson running back, a former five-star recruit, enters NCAA transfer portal

VIDEO: Spartanburg’s Tavien Feaster wins Mr. Football

Spartanburg running back Tavien Feaster was named Mr. Football on Thursday.
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Spartanburg running back Tavien Feaster was named Mr. Football on Thursday.

It appears as though Clemson senior running back Tavien Feaster’s time with the Tigers has come to an end.

Feaster has entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal, the school confirmed Wednesday.

Feaster, when reached for comment, told The State he is still undecided on whether or not will for sure leave the Tigers. However, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said in a statement that Feaster intends to “continue his college career somewhere else.”

The former five-star recruit rushed for 440 yards and six touchdowns this past season. Feaster has 1,330 yards and 15 touchdowns over the course of his career.

“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.”

The Spartanburg native played behind Wayne Gallman as a freshman and Travis Etienne in 2018. He started 11 games for the Tigers in 2017.

Feaster said prior to the Cotton Bowl that he was unsure if he would play for the Tigers in 2019 or transfer to another school. He stayed with the team through spring practice, taking reps behind Etienne.

“I’m out here every day grinding with the fellas, one day at a time, just keep putting God first and just take advantage of what I get out here,” Feaster said in the spring.

Feaster battled injuries last year and in the spring acknowledged that the 2018 season was tough on him. If he returned to Clemson, he would be the only senior running back in the room and would battle for playing time with Etienne, a junior who will open the season a likely Heisman candidate, and Lyn-J Dixon, a sophomore who led the team in yards per carry last season.

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