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Illini RB Kendrick Foster transferring

Illinois running back transferring after three years in program, few carries

CHAMPAIGN - Illinois rising junior running back Kendrick Foster is transferring out of the program, he tweeted on Monday.

Foster, a Peoria Richwoods graduate, found it hard to find the field during his three seasons in at Illinois. He redshirted his first season in 2013 and did not receive any carries as a redshirt freshman in 2014. Foster, a three-star recruit, ranks fifth in Illinois prep history in rushing yards (6,401) and totaled 78 touchdowns in high school.

This season, Foster received some playing time due to a multitude of injuries and had 78 rushing yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. He had 11 carries for 56 yards in the Illini's loss at Minnesota on Nov. 21.

“It felt good," Foster said after the game. "It’s my redshirt sophomore year. It’s been three years. It feels good. It’s like a big weight off my shoulders. ...I’m just thankful.”

Said Illinois coach Bill Cubit after the Minnesota game: “Every time a guy goes in, you expect him to be good; you really do. Did (Foster) play better probably than a lot of people thought? Yes. I thought he did a nice job. That’s another example of a kid who could’ve just bagged it. He didn’t.”

But playing time was going to be difficult in the future with rising sophomore Ke'Shawn Vaughn returning, as well as redshirt freshmen Dre Brown and Reggie Corbin, who each missed the 2015 season with injuries. Illinois also is expected to sign multiple running backs in February. They currently have commitments from four-star O'Fallon back Kentrail Moran and Florida running back Devin Singletary.


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Foster, a Peoria Richwoods graduate, found it hard to find the field during his three seasons in at Illinois. He redshirted his first season in 2013 and did not receive any carries as a redshirt freshman in 2014. Foster, a three-star recruit, ranks fifth in Illinois prep history in rushing yards (6,401) and totaled 78 touchdowns in high school.

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This season, Foster received some playing time due to a multitude of injuries and had 78 rushing yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. He had 11 carries for 56 yards in the Illini's loss at Minnesota on Nov. 21.

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“It felt good,\" Foster said after the game. \"It’s my redshirt sophomore year. It’s been three years. It feels good. It’s like a big weight off my shoulders. ...I’m just thankful.”

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Said Illinois coach Bill Cubit after the Minnesota game: “Every time a guy goes in, you expect him to be good; you really do. Did (Foster) play better probably than a lot of people thought? Yes. I thought he did a nice job. That’s another example of a kid who could’ve just bagged it. He didn’t.”

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But playing time was going to be difficult in the future with rising sophomore Ke'Shawn Vaughn returning, as well as redshirt freshmen Dre Brown and Reggie Corbin, who each missed the 2015 season with injuries. Illinois also is expected to sign multiple running backs in February. They currently have commitments from four-star O'Fallon back Kentrail Moran and Florida running back Devin Singletary.

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CHAMPAIGN - Illinois rising junior running back Kendrick Foster is transferring out of the program, he tweeted on Monday.

I thought long and hard with my family and decided its best for myself to finish my football career at a diff D1University. @LemmingReport

— KendrickFoster#?2?5? (@KFos_25) November 30, 2015

Foster, a Peoria Richwoods graduate, found it hard to find the field during his three seasons in at Illinois. He redshirted his first season in 2013 and did not receive any carries as a redshirt freshman in 2014. Foster, a three-star recruit, ranks fifth in Illinois prep history in rushing yards (6,401) and totaled 78 touchdowns in high school.

This season, Foster received some playing time due to a multitude of injuries and had 78 rushing yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. He had 11 carries for 56 yards in the Illini's loss at Minnesota on Nov. 21.

“It felt good,\" Foster said after the game. \"It’s my redshirt sophomore year. It’s been three years. It feels good. It’s like a big weight off my shoulders. ...I’m just thankful.”

Said Illinois coach Bill Cubit after the Minnesota game: “Every time a guy goes in, you expect him to be good; you really do. Did (Foster) play better probably than a lot of people thought? Yes. I thought he did a nice job. That’s another example of a kid who could’ve just bagged it. He didn’t.”

But playing time was going to be difficult in the future with rising sophomore Ke'Shawn Vaughn returning, as well as redshirt freshmen Dre Brown and Reggie Corbin, who each missed the 2015 season with injuries. Illinois also is expected to sign multiple running backs in February. They currently have commitments from four-star O'Fallon back Kentrail Moran and Florida running back Devin Singletary.

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