Two undrafted Gamecock tailbacks quickly sign with teamsHelen
It didn’t take long for South Carolina running backs Rico Dowdle and Tavien Feaster to find a match in the NFL. Shortly after the 2020 Draft’s seventh round ended on Saturday evening, Dowdle annouced he signed with the Dallas Cowboys and Feaster was signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The terms of the undrafted free agent deals are unknown at this time.
Dowdle played in 39 games (29 starts) in four seasons at South Carolina. He finished his career ranked 15th on the school’s all-time rushing list with 2,167 yards, scoring 16 rushing touchdowns. He had eight 100-yard rushing games, including a career-best 226-yard performance, the sixth-biggest single-game rushing day in school history.
Feaster joined the Gamecocks football program over the summer in 2019 as a graduate transfer from Clemson. He logged 2,002 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns on 346 carries over 51 career games. He ranked second in Clemson history in career yards per carry (5.99) behind only Travis Etienne as of the conclusion of the 2018 season. He finished his lone seasons at Carolina with 124 carries for 572 yards (5.4 ypc), with five touchdowns, along with 17 receptions for 87 yards. He had a career-high 175 on 25 carries against Florida.
Dowdle and Feaster join four other Gamecocks who became professionals over the week. All-American defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw was selected as the No. 14 overall pick (San Francisco) on Thursday night. On Friday night, in the third round, Bryan Edwards was selected No. 81 overall (Oakland). On Saturday, edge rusher D.J. Wonnum (No. 117/Minnesota) and linebacker T.J. Brunson (No. 238 overall/New York Giants) were also selected.9COMMENTS