There’s one student-athlete in the history of South Carolina and Clemson football who has scored a touchdown for both programs.
He goes by the name Tavien Feaster.
On Saturday at noon the now South Carolina (4-7, 3-5 SEC) running back and his teammates will take on his former team, No. 3 Clemson (11-0, 8-0 ACC), at Williams-Brice Stadium. Feaster will have a chance to add to that record — possibly becoming the first player to score a touchdown against both programs.
“It’s fair to say I know the people behind the helmets, so I have a different relationship, but when it’s on, it’s on,” Feaster said Tuesday. “[And] it’s on.”
The 6-foot, 211-pound Feaster has rushed for 625 yards and five touchdowns on 112 carries in nine games this season.
The Spartanburg native, of course, was part of Clemson’s 2016 and 2018 national championship teams and rushed for 1,330 yards and 15 touchdowns during his three seasons with the Tigers. He rushed 21 times for 117 yards and a touchdown against the Gamecocks, including nine times for 63 yards and the score last season.
Feaster on Tuesday spoke positively about his former team, calling them great, and said he still has love for Clemson fans. He still keeps in touch with some of his former teammates and wishes them well.
“Tavien, he’s got a passion for those guys, [but] I’m pretty sure he wants to beat them just as bad as anyone else,” Gamecock center Donell Stanley said.
Above all else, Feaster knows the skillset and dynamic the nation’s No. 3 team will bring into Williams-Brice Stadium. He knows his current team will be the underdog. He said he won’t, however, give South Carolina’s defense any of Clemson’s offensive secrets.
“They’re going to come up prepared,” Feaster said. “[We have to] attack them full speed. … It’s going to be a physical game. … We’ve got to get up and handle our business.”
Feaster, though, mostly downplayed playing against his former team. He smiled when asked about playing them but smiled wider and said he’s “good to go” and “glad to be back” after missing the team’s last two games with a groin injury.
“Just soaking it all in and playing one snap at a time this week,” he said.
“He’s just been Tavien, that’s what I like about him,” Stanley said.
Feaster said he has thought more about his college football career coming to an end. He agreed with a reporter that he got the most out of his time at South Carolina. He said he gave it his best.
As he will one more time Saturday against his former team.
Said Feaster, “We’re going to seize the moment.”