Why not Feaster?


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Why not Feaster?

CLEMSON – After Wayne Gallman exited Saturday’s game against N.C. State with a concussion, Tony Elliott, Jeff Scott and Dabo Swinney turned to a running back by committee.

Adam Choice got the first crack followed by Tyshon Dye and then C.J. Fuller, but the when Clemson needed a spark the most the fans were clamoring for freshman Tavien Feaster, who never got his chance.

Fuller ended the game with 16 carries for 56 yards – a 3.5 yards per carry clip – while Feaster only got in the game for one play.

Why wasn’t Feaster given an opportunity?

Scott – Clemson’s co-offensive coordinator – told the media Tuesday that every move a player makes during the week is evaluated and the coaches went with who they can trust the most, and the coaching staff decided to go with who they felt most comfortable with and who has the most experience in crunch time.

“Coach Swinney is always involved. Personnel is something we talk about every day in practice. Our coaches, we spend 80 hours a week up here. Every step they make up here from the time they get here until they leave is evaluated and watched until midnight at night,” Scott said Tuesday in the WestZone. “As coaches, we all feel very comfortable when we go into a game as far as what the pecking order is for your position.

“There have been conversations with who we want to go with and we worked our way down and gave Adam Choice an opportunity and then Tyshon and then C.J. Fuller. Then, C.J. got hot and was running the ball really well. We were moving the ball and so if C.J. wouldn't have done as well there would have been opportunities for Feaster to go in. Those last few drives we got into a rhythm and C.J. was running the ball well.”

Clemson has several talented freshmen on the roster, who have all played at times throughout the season, but Scott said a game hanging in the balance isn’t the time to give a young guy his breakout opportunity.

“Nobody has asked me why Cornell Powell hasn't played. Nobody has asked me why Diondre Overton didn't play,” Scott said. “Very talented freshmen but they have some guys who are little bit more experienced when you're playing in a game where every single play the game is on the line. That's not a time to break a guy out. Last week at Boston College, we're up by a bunch, let's give guys opportunities to go out and make plays and they did that. That's a different situation than the game is on the line every single play. Coach Swinney always gives us the freedom to play the guys but there's been a lot of conversations leading up to that.”

However, Feaster’s time will come, but first, he needs to master the things that come along with being a running back at Clemson and that goes well beyond just carrying the ball.

“That doesn't mean that Tavien won't get his opportunity. That's coming, but he has pecking order that he has to work through,” he said. “As coaches, you have to go with your gut feeling, and that's of 80 hours a week for however many weeks these guys have been here, you have to go with your gut feeling based on what you've seen in practice and all of the different memories that you have of practice and other games. The biggest issue came after the game when everybody started asking the question. It was not an issue on the headsets. It wasn't a major deal at all to us or to the team because everybody knows where everybody is and they have to earn their stripes. He'll get other opportunities just like the young wideouts.

“We trust him enough as the fifth guy; that would've been the situation to go in there, and now that these other guys have had an opportunity that could change what order they go in the next game. That's something that each week, the coaches have to make those decisions. Like we talk about, there's a lot more to it than go run the ball when you're up 35 points. There are a lot of things involved and N.C. State was bringing guys all over the place. They were a physical team. Pass protection is a big issue. There's a lot more involved with it than running the ball. We like Tavien. He's going to be a great player, there's no doubt it. When the times present themselves for him to get opportunities, then he'll get those opportunities.”

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sam84
spacer Why not Trust our Coaches?
nwillhit®
spacer Except they've made questionable (at best)
ClemsonPoker489®
spacer Re: Except they've made questionable (at best)
Yoncejc
spacer Re: Except they've made questionable (at best)
nwillhit®
spacer Two can play that game:
ClemsonPoker489®
spacer Re: Two can play that game:
nwillhit®
spacer He was ready at Georgia.***
ClemsonPoker489®
spacer Blitz when Feaster goes out for a pass
PenthouseTiger
spacer Re: Blitz when Feaster goes out for a pass
nwillhit®
spacer On his back like this?
PenthouseTiger
spacer Re: On his back like this?
tigerinaiken®
spacer Yeah because that's totally what I'm saying***
PenthouseTiger
spacer Re: Except they've made questionable (at best)
lextiger551
spacer Re: Except they've made questionable (at best)
CUtigerMB
spacer Re: Except they've made questionable (at best)
nwillhit®
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tigerinaiken®
spacer oh God...did you miss the other games Cole played in?***
CM Shack
spacer Re: oh God...did you miss the other games Cole played in?***
Tigerluvr
spacer his post would certainly lead you to believe that***
CM Shack
spacer Re: Except they've made questionable (at best)
tigerinaiken®
spacer Then you just should have redshirted him and hope he doesn't
surroundedtiger
spacer Re: Except they've made questionable (at best)
bprice563
spacer ....that's their PUBLIC explanation.
ClemsonPoker489®
spacer Re: Except they've made questionable (at best)
footballmanager
spacer Re: Except they've made questionable (at best)
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spacer Re: Except they've made questionable (at best)
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spacer I can see from the lower deck
ClemsonPoker489®
spacer We played for the national championship last year.
Smiling Tiger®
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ClemsonPoker489®
spacer not.until.we.lose...then everything is on the table***
CM Shack
spacer Re: So just never question anything.
tigerinaiken®
spacer Re: So just never question anything.
CUtigerMB
spacer Cole Stoudt over DW two years ago was definitely
ClemsonPoker489®
spacer It may be questionable in your lack of "80 hours a week"
TopTigerHomey
spacer Pumping sunshine sure is fun when you are 21-1 over the
Tiger5
spacer Re: We played for the national championship last year.
oriyah10
spacer Re: We played for the national championship last year.
oriyah10
spacer Re: We played for the national championship last year.
tlever
spacer Re: We played for the national championship last year.
golfingtiger84
spacer Do you idiot much?
TopTigerHomey
spacer Re: We played for the national championship last year.
tigerinaiken®
spacer If Andre Ellington was one of our backups
ClemsonPoker489®
spacer Agree!***
Prime T. Tiger
spacer Re: Except they've made questionable (at best)
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CM Shack
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Clemalum07®
spacer How much worse could he have done
lfatboy®
spacer BS
BigDaddy®
spacer Actually, he said CJ was 4th in line.
7173TIGER®
spacer And since when is 3.5 ypc "hot"?***
PenthouseTiger
spacer maybe they were using Tommy Bowden's thermometer***
CM Shack
spacer Re: And since when is 3.5 ypc "hot"?***
tigerinaiken®
spacer No excuse for not giving him at least 1 single carry or
colberttiger
spacer unfortunately, there have been several excuses***
CM Shack
spacer I believe Coach Elliott already explained why...
BigCUFan®
spacer Exactly - they wanted guys with more experience, guys they
Smiling Tiger®
spacer Because it sounds like BS
ClemsonPoker489®
spacer Fumbling problems his entire career? Dye?
Smiling Tiger®
spacer Re: I believe Coach Elliott already explained why...
greene
spacer is someone on Tigernet Staff related?
Hogan!
spacer It's a legit question at this point.
ClemsonPoker489®
spacer Re: It's a legit question at this point.
Hogan!
spacer Hogan thinks the coaches are infallible. Got it.***
ClemsonPoker489®
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ClemsonPoker489®
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ClemsonPoker489®
spacer Re: Hogan thinks the coaches are infallible. Got it.***
tigerinaiken®
spacer I've criticized like three things all year.
ClemsonPoker489®
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Yoncejc
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Tigerman1978
spacer Apparently that formation is no longer in the "play book"***
7173TIGER®
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Tigerman1978
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gvillenative
spacer Is it a ploy?
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CUtigerMB
spacer Nobody asked why Cornell Powell didn't play
PenthouseTiger
spacer Choice is the #2, not Fuller.***
ClemsonPoker489®
spacer Re: Choice is the #2, not Fuller.***
PenthouseTiger
spacer Sometimes we hear "He is just to good to keep off the field"
ColaTownTiger
spacer I don't think anyone believes he should play over
ClemsonPoker489®
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magicman
spacer Somebody gets it!!!!
gvillenative
spacer He doesn't have to pass protect if he comes in for a carry
RC Tiger®
spacer How would that make sense.....Feaster comes in and they ....
TigerLinks
spacer i guess DW couldn't check into a quick pass***
RC Tiger®
spacer Willy Korn had a misdiagnosed injury
PenthouseTiger
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tigernation2000
spacer everyone always wants
Willmo®
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CO 2002 tiger
spacer Enough about Feaster already!
IntlTiger12®
spacer Re: Enough about Feaster already!
tigerinaiken®
spacer when did Fuller get hot?***
rudetiger
spacer Re: when did Fuller get hot?***
tigerinaiken®
spacer Re: New Story: Why not Feaster?
PeterAv
spacer He is our 3rd leading rusher. Can't get a carry with #1 out.***
RC Tiger®
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Tigerluvr
spacer I wouldn't be happy with these comments if i'm TF***
RC Tiger®
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04CU07
spacer Translation: He's a runner, but not yet a running back
IPTAY FAMILY
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CUtigerMB
spacer If Feaster had what was needed, he would've played.
NorthwestPurple®
spacer Re: If Feaster had what was needed, he would've played.
CUALUM75
spacer No offense coach , but we the fans had to BEG for DW over Stout
BrabbTiger22
spacer Re: No offense coach , but we the fans had to BEG for DW over Stout
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spacer Re: No offense coach , but we the fans had to BEG for DW over Stout
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Jcantrell86®
spacer It's like this...
Prime T. Tiger
spacer People can say whatever they want but
tlever
spacer Just wasting a year?
Sportsfan®
spacer Re: Just wasting a year?
CUtigerMB
spacer Re: Just wasting a year?
Sportsfan®
spacer Re: Just wasting a year?
CUtigerMB
spacer I don't think we are worried about a RS year.
Carlsbad®
spacer Playing devil's advocate, wasn't Elliott a rookie coach ...
SocMan2®
spacer "Got hot?" Are you freaking kidding me?!?! Rant below??
Kinghunterx5
spacer Trayvon Mullen
buhboy
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CUALUM75
spacer Why so must trust in our OC's
Kinghunterx5
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