Foster's Back!

After struggling with both an injured knee and back, senior offensive lineman Renardo Foster has returned with hopes of regaining his former starting position (ITV Video bonus interview also included)

It's been a long time coming for Louisville senior offensive lineman Renardo Foster. After a promising start to his career as a Cardinal, which included earning conference All-Freshman honors, the Ripley, Tenn., native has struggled with injuries to his knee and back.

Rehab from a torn ACL suffered during the Cardinals fourth game of the 2004 season was followed by back surgery just prior to Louisville facing Virginia Tech in the Toyota Gator Bowl. Returning to practice for 6-foot-7, 322-pound Foster was a moment that gave the senior a touch of nervousness that was quickly overcome by a burst of adrenaline.

"It feels great to be back out here," Foster said following Wednesday's practice. "It's been almost two years since I've really been out here. It was a good first day for me. I think I added a little more life and intensity out here because I haven't been with them for so long. I wanted to bring life to the team and bring a little bit of leadership."

That he did. Midway through the 2-hour practice session when the offensive linemen squared off against the defensive lineman, Foster saw an opportunity - actually two opportunities - to prove that he has overcome his injuries. When facing Brandon Cox and then again when matched up with Maurice Mitchell, Foster took the drill a little further past the whistle.

Foster works against Maurice Mitchell

"Yeah, it did get a little intense," said Foster. "When guys are going at it so hard that is going to happen. There's a lot of intensity."

After two years of missing the action and entering his final year of college ball, Foster is ready to put the years of struggles behind him and prepare for schedule ahead.

"The last two years have kind of been a struggle for me, but I'm glad to be back out here for my last year."

Foster also spoke with about how close to full speed he feels that he currently is, the talent along this year's offensive line and his emotions on returning to the practice fields.

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