Jared Foster returns to LSU Football

LSU outfielder Jared Foster will return to the football team this season to compete for the Tigers' No. 3 quarterback job.

Jared Foster will return to the gridiron this fall.

Reports surfaced Monday that the LSU outfielder had been considering a move back to football, and LSU officially confirmed the transaction Tuesday. Foster was a walk-on quarterback as a freshman during the 2011 season, after starring in both sports at Barbe in Lake Charles.

He gave up football in early 2012 to focus on baseball full-time, and he's been a three-year contributor for the Tigers on the diamond. Foster opened the 2014 season as a starter but fell out of the lineup as he struggled at the plate.

Foster still had hopes though of being taken in the MLB Draft earlier this summer, as some scouts projected him as a possible Top-20 round pick based on his athleticism. But Foster was not selected, sending him back to Baton Rouge for his senior season.

He began conversations with both football and baseball coaches regarding the move, which was made official Tuesday.

LSU is strapped for depth at quarterback following the departures this offseason of Stephen Rivers, Hayden Rettig and Rob Bolden. The Tigers have only two scholarship QBs — Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris — with walk-ons Jake Clise, Brandon Bergeron and Brad Kragthorpe battling for the third-string job.

Foster will join the team in fall camp with hopes of joining the mix for that backup gig.

Foster still also has a year of eligibility left in baseball, and he'll be expected to rejoin Paul Mainieri's crew in the spring, though he'll likely be limited to a reserve role.



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