Almost overlooked among Alabama football players who elected to return for their senior seasons rather than test the waters of the NFL draft is Crimson Tide linebacker Reuben Foster. In all probability, Foster made a good decision in following the lead of predecessors C.J. Mosley and Reggie Ragland.
Foster goes into the 2016 season as one of the nation’s top inside linebacker prospects. Although he will probably be at middle linebacker in his senior season, he was a starter on the inside last year (alongside Ragland) at weakside linebacker. Foster has the football acumen to handle the responsibilities of the position, including putting his teammates in the right spots.
Foster was named to the Bednarik Watch List this year as one of the top defensive players in the nation. Last year he was second on the team to Ragland in tackles with 73. Those included eight for loss and two sacks, and he had three quarterback pressures and broke up nine passes.
At a position that includes some of the nation’s best college players, Foster is a fixture on top ten lists at inside linebacker.
As is the case in examining the top players at all positions, there are several outstanding inside linebackers who will be on teams playing against Bama this year, notably Kendell Beckwith, a senior at LSU. Another to watch on opposing defenses is senior Brooks Ellis of Arkansas.