Alabama’s Foster and Foster already standing out in practice


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The defending back-to-back national champions started practice August 1st. While we know all about AJ McCarron, TJ Yeldon, Amari Cooper and a slate of talented and proven defensive players, all eyes were on the talented freshmen class.

In particular, freshman linebacker Reuben Foster (the one with the Auburn tattoo) and five-star freshman receiver Robert Foster were the main event.

Reuben Foster, LB
He looks like he’s 25 years old and is smooth and fluent athletically. If Alabama wasn’t 25 deep on the linebacker rotation, Foster looks like he’s ready to start game one. Still, Foster should see playing time and may be too good to keep off the field.

His recruitment was epic at times, turning more fatiguing down the stretch run with the flip flops between Auburn and Alabama.

Foster’s listed at 6-1, 244 pounds on the roster, and he’ll wear No. 2. Nick Saban and Kirby Smart have built their nasty defense around bigger, more physical linebackers and defensive ends. Foster may get up to 250 pounds, but he’ll just be getting ripe for the Tide’s physical and punishing defense.

Robert Foster, WR
The Julio Jones comparisons are already starting. But the Tide already have a receiver on their roster better than Julio in Amari Cooper.

Foster just recently enrolled at Bama for the start of fall practice, and he even looks like Jones wearing No. 8. Foster’s listed at 6-3, 187 pounds, while Julio was listed at 6-4, 210 pounds as a freshman. While Foster gives 20 pounds to Jones, he’s more explosive and faster. Will he be as steady as Jones hands-wise? We’re going to find out.

Foster made sharp cuts over the weekend and showed he’s fast enough to play day one.

Alabama’s receiving corps is already loaded, but with the addition of Foster, assuming he’s able to break into the lineup, the group stands to be even more explosive.

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  • After the “circus” that was Reuben Foster’s recruitment process, I’m glad to see that he seems to have his focus on becoming a great football player. Reuben adds immediate strength to an already strong LB corps. I expect him to make several appearances on defense this season, but I think he will be a special teams standout right away. Big things to come from the big man. Robert Foster had his fair share of offseason distractions as well. He too looks to contribute right away. Bama’s WRs are already loaded, and adding Robert’s size and athleticism only adds another weapon to McCarron’s arsenal.

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