Let’s just dive right into my first ever Devy IDP player spotlight, Reuben Foster out of Alabama.
Right of the bat, I noticed from the games I’ve watched and film I’ve studied that this kid is versatile. Everything from dropping back into coverage, blitzing the QB, covering RBs on screens and laying huge thumping hits while on defense and special teams this kid is special. He is simply everywhere.
Foster had a beastly game against blue chip running back Isaiah Crowell while playing at Troup County High School. It was his coming out party that day. He completed his freshman season with 110 tackles, and added 112 as a sophomore, while finishing his junior season and last year at Troup County High School with 185 tackles, including a crazy 34 tackles for loss and 18 sacks. After some recruiting corruption from the Troup head coach, Foster transferred to Auburn High in Alabama. After a thorough NCAA investigation, on his commitment to Alabama (More on this coming up…), by switching to Auburn High, Foster still recorded 80 tackles and 2 sacks. This led to an appearance in the high school class 6A playoffs. Foster then capped off his high school career being named the defensive MVP at the 2013 Under Armor All-American game by finishing with 6 tackles (2.5 tfl).
While trying to keep his family unit in mind, Foster committed to Auburn University. Although he verbally committed to Alabama he knew in his mind it would make more sense to his family if he went to Auburn. So after he transferred to Auburn high the NCAA investigated recruiting practices. Then when Auburn dismissed head coach Gene Chizik, Foster re-committed to Alabama citing Nick Saban and Kirby Smart’s NFL pedigree as the determining factor.
Reuben Rolls with the Tide
In his freshman year at Alabama, Foster had 12 tackles (4 solo) with 1 tackle for a loss in 9 total games. When Foster had his chance to take over Butkus award winning linebacker, C.J. Mosley who went on to the Baltimore Ravens, Foster got injured during 2014’s spring practice. As a result, his spot went to Reggie Ragland, (who I think is not as good as Foster). Nevertheless, Foster still played 11 games that year after he came back from the spring injury, including an outstanding showing on special teams by recording 8 tackles. This shows resilience, grit and toughness, which are qualities I highly admire in my IDP linebackers.
Showing off his endurance and skill in his comeback from injury, Mr. Foster became the “MIKE” linebacker for the Tide against the Mountaineers of West Virginia. After a stellar performance with 7 tackles (2 solo’s) and a tackle for a loss, Foster finished his sophomore season with 22 tackles (11 solo) 2 tackles for a loss and a sack against Texas A & M.
As much as I think this kid would be a tackle machine in IDP, I don’t think he will be that in the NFL. He is too versatile and basically too freaking good to just funnel tackles like some ILB or MLBers in the league. Foster can cover running backs, pick-up the blitz and tackle in both open and closed space. If the team he lands with wants that volume enforcer to get the tackles, then he could be an IDP asset. On the other hand, if the team he lands with wants him to be a “Myles Jack of all trades”, then that could hurt your stat line in IDP.
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