Reuben Foster: "We're AU Family"

Auburn High School defeated McGill-Toolen Friday night in overtime to advance to the third round of the 6A playoffs. Auburn commit Reuben Foster talks about that and what he told fellow future Tiger Jason Smith.

Auburn, Ala.—For Auburn High School and Auburn University commitment Reuben Foster the 2012 season came down to one play Friday night. Trailing undefeated McGill-Toolen 28-27 in overtime and with coach Tim Carter deciding to go for the win, everyone in the building thought the bruising Foster would be getting the football.

Auburn's power back and designated touchdown scorer in short yardage, the 240-pound Foster lined up next to Texas A&M commitment Cameron Echols-Luper as the Tigers went up for the win. Instead of giving the ball to Foster up the middle however, Echols-Luper ran right and followed a big lead block by Foster into the end zone to give Auburn the huge road win.

"It was big," Foster said. "That was good competition and it was hard. We were just fighting.

"They knew I was getting the ball so we decided to let me block," he added. "I blocked the end on the outside and Luper scored on the sweep. It was big. It was amazing. I saw the defensive end looking at me so I had a free shot."

The win came despite another outstanding performance from fellow Auburn commitment Jason Smith for McGill-Toolen. Finishing his career with 122 yards rushing on 15 carries, including an 80-yard touchdown run, and 127 yards passing with a touchdown and two interceptions, Smith earned the respect of his future teammate in the loss.

"Jason Smith is my player," Foster said. "He's my brother. It's a brotherhood, AU family. It was wonderful going up against him because he's family. We're going to be on the same team at the same college wearing the same colors. Going up against him, he's fast and quick, swift and a smooth joker."

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After the game Foster spent several minutes consoling Smith before celebrating with his teammates. While a rematch with Opelika was already on his mind, he said that the two talked about the future on the Plains and getting the Tigers back on the winning track in the coming years.

"I told him to keep his head up and not to worry about the loss," Foster said. "I told him we were going to win the ring for him. I told him we're going to AU and build this thing up and we're going to win a ring there. We're AU family. War Eagle."

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