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Reuben Foster | Linebacker

Team: Alabama Crimson Tide
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 240

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Alabama LB Reuben Foster recently had surgery on his right shoulder to repair a rotator cuff, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan.
Caplan said teams have already been informed of the surgery. Caplan added Foster's timetable is four months. This eliminates him from NFL Combine activities. It also feeds into the "Alabama worn down prospects" label. Foster is an absolute missile at the second level who will stay on the field for all three downs. He appears to be a top 10 pick. Feb 13 - 11:37 AM

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Date:'s Lance Zierlein spoke with a Director of College Scouting who does not view Alabama's Reuben Foster as a MIKE linebacker.

"I think he's a pure run-and-hit WILL linebacker with good cover talent," the executive said. The evaluator must work for a team that employs three off ball linebackers, rather than a club that utilizes five man fronts. Plus, Teams are in nickel so often that the biggest question is if Foster can stay on the field in two linebacker sets. We think so. The Director of College Scouting was generic in his comment, but added a medical history could pop up for Foster during the process.
Feb 7 - 9:08 AM's Mark Eckel spoke with one NFL scout who believes C.J. Mosley was a better prospect than Alabama LB Reuben Foster.

This is noteworthy, as some believe Foster might be the best inside linebacker to ever come out of Alabama. This is just one evaluator's opinion, but C.J. Mosley was a quality prospect and has been a starter since early in his rookie season. Foster is an absolute missile at the second level. A top 10 selection is likely in his future.
Jan 25 - 9:29 AM

In an interview with SEC Network's Paul Finebaum, ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. called LB Reuben Foster "the best inside linebacker Alabama has ever produced."

Well then. That is something. On his most recent Big Board, Kiper slots Foster in as his No. 4 overall draft prospect for 2017. He views him more favorably than he did Bama LB Reggie Ragland a year ago, writing that the 6-foot-1, 240-pound Foster "has more range, runs sideline to sideline and is a more complete player." A lock first-rounder, Foster won the Butkus Award this past season on the strength of a regular season which saw him record 94 tackles (12.0 for loss), four sacks and two passes defended.
Jan 19 - 5:11 PM

Alabama senior ILB Reuben Foster was named the winner of the Butkus Award.

The Butkus Award is handed out annually to the nation's best linebacker. Foster registered 94 tackles (12.0 for loss), four sacks and a pair of passes defended. The 6-foot-1, 240-pounder was also a finalist for the Nagurski Award, but teammate Jonathan Allen ultimately won that honor.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 01:09:00 PM

Alabama senior ILB Reuben Foster (concussion) will not practice on Monday.

Foster suffered a concussion in Saturday's win over Arkansas. Alabama will keep him out of practice action on Monday, though HC Nick Saban said that the 6-foot-1, 240-pound senior will "hopefully" be able to return to practice on Tuesday. Through six games, the stud linebacker has recorded 37 tackles (2.5 for loss) and half-a-sack.
Mon, Oct 10, 2016 01:41:00 PM

An NFC scout believes Alabama senior ILB Reuben Foster will get drafted earlier than expected.

"I think Reuben Foster is going to get drafted way earlier than people expect," the scout said. "(Luke) Kuechly got drafted early and I think Foster has the same (expletive) to him." Kuechly, the best middle linebacker in the NFL, was drafted ninth overall in the 2012 draft. "What this scout means is that Foster plays with the same nastiness as Kuechly, which is a high compliment to pay the Alabama linebacker," Lance Zierlein wrote. "Foster is known as an angry hitter with bad intentions. What doesn't get enough attention is his speed to go sideline to sideline in order to chase down plays." The analyst believes Foster's game fits any scheme.
Sun, Sep 25, 2016 11:22:00 AM

Alabama senior ILB Reuben Foster he feels like a "new automobile" after losing 15-pounds over the offseason.

"Yeah, like testing a new automobile," Foster said, apparently while grinning. "I'm ready to drive a Ferrari." The linebacker was one of the hardest hitters in the country last season, both on defense and on special teams. There is an argument that Foster might be less powerful after the weight loss, but we would bet against that. He was already incredibly explosive. We are excited to see Foster with potentially more range.
Wed, Aug 31, 2016 09:48:00 AM

Alabama senior ILB Reuben Foster indicated that he has lost 10 pounds during the offseason.

Foster weighed in at 235 pounds during the spring, but he has dropped that down to 225. Said the defensive stalwart, ""I’m more explosive. It might sound strange to be 225 at linebacker, but it feels great. My knees aren’t hurting. My back isn’t hurting. It feels great." Last season he registered 73 tackles (8.0 for loss), nine pass breakups and a trio of quarterback hurries.
Source: SEC Country
Tue, Aug 9, 2016 04:04:00 PM

Bleacher Report's David Kenyan predicts Alabama senior ILB Reuben Foster -- excluded from most early mock drafts -- will go in the first round.

"He's the definition of a thumper, but the 6'1", 240-pounder also has tremendous sideline-to-sideline speed," Kenyan wrote. "Don't overthink this one, NFL teams. Foster is a first-round pick." The 6-foot-2, 228-pound Foster posted 73 tackles, eight TFL, nine pass breakups and three quarterback hurries last year.
Sat, Jun 18, 2016 12:18:00 PM

ESPN's Chris Low reports that Alabama junior LB Reuben Foster plans on returning to school for his senior season.

Foster's draft-eligible, but it looks as though he'll be staying put barring a sudden change of heart. The 6-foot-2, 228-pound junior recorded 73 tackles (8.0 for loss), a sack, three QB hurries and nine passes broken up over the course of the 2015 campaign. His official draft decision should be known by Monday.
Sat, Jan 16, 2016 03:13:00 PM

Alabama junior LB Reuben Foster exited Saturday's game against Middle Tenn with a left arm or shoulder injury.

Foster emerged as a starter this season next to Reggie Ragland and was pegged as a possible breakout star. Foster is a hard hitter who has made a name for himself on special teams.
Sat, Sep 12, 2015 06:23:00 PM

ESPN's Alex Scarbrough pegged junior LB Reuben Foster as Alabama's breakout candidate.

Foster has shined on special teams through two seasons, making highlight reel tackles with an old school mentality. Now Foster is expected to transition to weakside linebacker next to Reggie Ragland. Scarbrough does point out that Foster needs to stay healthy, as "lowering his head too often... has ended in quite a few visits with the training staff."
Source: ESPN
Tue, Jun 30, 2015 11:09:00 AM

Alabama freshman LB Reuben Foster suffered a concussion during preseason camp.

ESPN's Mark Schlabach tweeted the news, adding Foster hit fellow freshman running back Alvin Kamara so hard it caused the injury. Schlabach went on to say Foster is expected to play a lot during his first season. The linebacker's recruitment process was highly publicized, with some question his eligibility and his tendency to switch between Auburn and Alabama, but early reports on on-field ability note he is fitting right in with the Crimson Tide.
Wed, Aug 28, 2013 08:28:00 AM

Auburn 2013 LB recruit Reuben Foster has been cleared to play for the 2012 season.

During his high school recruitment, Foster switched his commitement from Alabama to Auburn after transferring to Auburn High School from Georgia. The move was called into question, so Foster's mother met with Alabama High School Association officials, not the NCAA as previously reported. According to Foster's mother, "They want to make sure there was nothing illegal done to get us down there, or anything like that. They want to make sure there wasn’t a college booster involved." Apparently everything was cleared and Foster will battle for playing time next season.
Thu, Aug 16, 2012 01:01:00 PM