|BG's Foster adapts to new position (9-13-13)|
|Written by By JACK CARLE, Sentinel Sports Editor|
|Friday, 13 September 2013 07:16|
Aaron Foster made his college decision based on being close to home, and immediate playing time with a team on the rise.
Now a senior at Bowling Green State University, Foster appears to have made a wise choice. Foster is a starter for the Falcons, 11-5 in their last 16 games.
Foster, 5-foot-10, 207 pounds, attended West Bloomfield (Mich.) High School, and has been an integral part of the Falcons’ defense and special teams since arriving on campus. For his career, Foster has played in 39 games, making 15 starts.
He’ll be in the lineup Saturday when Bowling Green plays at Indiana.
‘‘He came here as a safety,’’ BG head coach Dave Clawson said. ‘‘He played as a true freshman. His first start was against Michigan in front of one hundred and how ever many thousand people.’’
Foster’s most productive season was in 2011 when he made 10 starts and finished with 69 tackles and three pass break-ups. In his career, Foster has 115 tackles and 11 pass break-ups.
After three years as a safety, Foster was moved to cornerback during fall camp to add depth there. With an injury and a transfer at the position, Foster quickly earned a starting spot.
‘‘I told them I would be glad to do it, and it’s been all good,’’ Foster said. ‘‘Hopefully, we can keep up the success.
‘‘It’s gone well for me. I’m getting a lot more comfortable. I’m just trying to build on what happened in the scrimmages and the first two games,’’ Foster added.
Clawson likes what he has seen from Foster this fall.
‘‘Aaron has played well ... He’s a physical corner for us, and he has really good ball skills,’’ Clawson said. ‘‘He’s getting more and more comfortable every day out there.
‘‘There are things he certainly needs to get better at. But overall we are very pleased with how he is playing for us.’’
Foster has embraced the change.
‘‘It’s definitely an enjoyable position for me,’’ Foster said. ‘‘It’s not the action I got at safety ... but it’s still a lot of fun.’’
Foster saw extensive action as BG’s fifth defensive back last season and that role has also helped him in the transition as he had experience in man coverage, Clawson said.
‘‘The adjustment was not that big of a deal because last year Aaron was more of a nickel (defensive back) for us, and some of the techniques and the things that we ask our nickel to do are really more corner-like than safety-like,’’ Clawson said. ‘‘A lot of things you want in your corners, that skill set, are things that Aaron was already doing for us.’’
Foster said he’s still working to get better.
‘‘My man-to-man skills can always be improved,’’ Foster said.
Special teams duties are also a part of Foster’s role. He plays on two or three units per game, depending on the situation.
‘‘Through the course of his career, he’s been a great special teams player,’’ Clawson said.
The Falcons face another tough test Saturday at IU. Kickoff is at noon in Memorial Stadium.
‘‘We’re just going into it like it’s another game,’’ Foster said. ‘‘We know it’s a great opportunity to get a great win against a BCS school ... It’s a great opportunity for us to get national exposure.’’
Foster is majoring in health care administration with the goal of being in a high-level administrative position at a hospital.
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