Player: Kyle Foster
Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI
High School: Pioneer HS
2011 Stats: 7 total tackles
2012 Projections: Foster is one of the many Orangemen who fell into the injured column of the post-spring depth chart, so the sophomore wasn't able to carve out his spot in the offense. However, as evidenced by the fact that he was one of only ten true freshmen to burn their redshirts last year, and he did see a little time at receiver, the coaching staff must see something in Kyle that they like, so I wouldn't be shocked to see him get some time on offense. If not, Foster was a pretty productive special teamer last year, averaging one tackle a game in the seven games he suited up for last year.
How'd He Get Here: Foster sent his tape to Syracuse, but was initially told by Tyrone Wheatley that the recruiting class was full. However, after some things cleared up, Wheatley offered Foster, who appreciated the coach's candor, and accepted the offer over those from Memphis and Western Michigan.
What did Scout/Rivals Say?: 2-stars all around
Time to get some more rats— True Aries_15(@kylecusefoster) May 2, 2012
I saw this on Kyle's Twitter, and have literally no idea what this means. Is he the Charlie Kelly of the Syracuse football program?
Links of Wonder: Here is that aforementioned Twitter page. Enjoy.
What Does Doug Marrone Think?:
"He's a very big athlete who can really run," Marrone said. "He's made acrobatic catches in practice, and he did a very good job for us on special teams. What you'll see as we progress offensively, he'll be able to get in there and do things that can help us."
Bonus! What Does Nate Hackett Think?: (After seeing Foster make an impressive catch in camp last year)
"I turned to one of the other coaches and said, ‘Hey, we don’t have anybody else who can make that kind of catch,’" Hackett said. "That’s an NFL catch."
Interesting Nugget O'Interest: Kyle Foster did play a major role in one game on offense last year. Unfortunately, it was him who dropped that short slant near the end zone against press coverage that resulted in a tipped-ball interception. If Foster makes that play, we may very well pull that game out. I still don't think that was a fair position to put a true freshman with no career receptions in.
Let Us Get a Good Look at You: Unfortunately, I can't find any new video, so we're going have to relive the magic that is Foster's high school highlight film. It's a good one. Any wide receiver tape that features downfield blocking is good in my book.
Kyle Foster Ann Arbor Pioneer Highlight #3 (via kyle2fly1)