Alabama recruit Reuben Foster shows progress

Anniston StarAugust 21, 2013 

Auburn High School linebacker Reuben Foster.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- If Alabama's 2013 recruiting class were to remembered for one player, it would be prized linebacker Reuben Foster.

Sure, the Crimson Tide's freshmen class is loaded with talent, but Foster's whirlwind recruitment garnered the most attention, grabbing headlines for its unusual nature. As well-documented, Foster committed to Auburn University and tattooed the Tiger's logo on his arm. All this before decommitting and dressing like Tide head coach Nick Saban while signing with Alabama on national signing day.

When fall camp opened, defensive coordinator Kirby Smart praised Foster for how well he adapted and became a part of the team. Smart said Foster had a lot of highly touted guys in the program that could help him adjust.

Now, Foster is getting attention for his play on the field and at practice. Saban described Foster's growth as "tremendous progress" from the first scrimmage to the second on Tuesday. Foster got a stinger in his neck during the second scrimmage, but still made a lot of plays, Saban said. Foster's scrimmage stats were not released.

"He really has made a lot of progress," Saban said. "We actually are increasing his reps."

Foster, a five-star recruit out of Auburn, benefited from starting linebacker Trey DePriest being suspended for a violation of team rules.

"We're trying to get his learning curve up to where he's somebody that could be helpful to us this year," Saban said. "So we're really pleased with his progress."

C.J. Mosley, the veteran of Alabama's linebacking corps, is impressed with Foster's ability to correct and move on from the mistakes he makes in practice.

"He's just learning well," Mosley said. "The main thing for him, and for all the freshmen this year is be coachable, and try and be fast thinking on your feet. So a lot of the things he was messing up in camp, you're starting to see him better now in practice. That's a plus for him."

Foster was one of the players who lined up next to Mosley during defensive drills with DePriest out.

"It's a learning experience for me and for them," Mosley said. "It helps me be better leader, be a better player, by helping them out when they have questions. It gives them experience, and let's them know where their level is or where they need to be. You never know, we always have a substitute system so when someone goes down the next person is up. You never know when someone's name is going to get called."

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