Texas will be without B.J. Foster, one of its young guns in the secondary, for the first half of the Longhorns’ crucial Big 12-opening dustup with TCU on Saturday. However, his absence might be worth the pain in the long haul because of the message the play that created his suspension sent to opponents.
Head across the middle near Foster at your own peril, and keep your head on a swivel and your mouthpiece clinched tight.
Foster, a member of the Longhorns’ highly-touted freshman class, will be forced to miss the first two quarters after he was flagged and ejected for targeting on Southern Cal’s Amon-Ra St. Brown in the third quarter of Texas’ 37-14 win last week. Foster hit St. Brown with such force that the receiver’s mouthpiece went flying, and he had to be evaluated on the Trojans’ bench.
Fellow freshman safety Caden Sterns labeled Foster’s hit as “nasty.”
“I’ve never seen anything like that, but again I’m not surprised,” Sterns said of Foster. “He’s like that. He’s probably the hardest hitter on the team that we have. Just to see what he’s going to do in the future is unbelievable. He’s a missile, literally.”
Senior cornerback Kris Boyd said he has seen Foster make hits in practice like the one he made on St. Brown, and that it’s a shame the tackle got Foster suspended.
“Pretty much everybody loved it – you could tell from the energy that was in the stands, the crowd and on the team,” Boyd said. “I mean B.J. was even pumped. I loved it. Somebody sent me the video. It was in slow motion and you see (St, Brown’s) mouthpiece fly out and everything.”
–Steve Habel (@SteveHabel), Field Level Media