Sherman was an option quarterback in high school. So was Reggie Foster, the true freshman who enrolled in school in January and participated in spring ball at safety.
After tailback Brandon Caesar was lost for the season in July with a knee injury, CU was left with just three scholarship tailbacks — sophomores Hugh Charles and Byron Ellis, and freshman Kevin Moyd. Coaches saw in Foster — who had over 900 yards as a running quarterback in high school his senior year — a potential tailback and approached him about the move.
"I'm just going to be loyal to (the move) and work hard," said Foster, who is now wearing No. 36. "It's a lot of learning. The first week is going to be learning. I'm used to being on the defense."
Running backs coach Shawn Simms agreed that Foster is in for a lot of learning.
"He played quarterback in high school and was a heck of an athlete," Simms said. "And we just looked at the depth chart and said, ‘We're short at running back, and he's run the ball, so let's put him back there and see what he looks like.' But, you know, it's the first time he's ever been (a tailback). We've got to be patient."
Foster was out of shape in the spring. But that's no longer a problem after a summer in CU's conditioning program. Although Simms admitted Foster looked a little bit lost during his initial drills as a running back, he showed some quickness. Foster said he's weighing around 188 pounds.
"Man, I haven't been in this kind of shape in a long time," he said.