Lincoln, NE - After Lincoln Southeast's come from behind 21-14 victory over Lincoln Southwest on Friday night, 2014 offensive lineman D.J. Foster was all smiles.
Just a junior, he has one year left to play his arch-rivals the Silver Hawks, but the series won't be quite the same next year – with star power Josh Banderas and new addition Christian Lacouture graduated.
"Playing those two, it was a great experience. I love playing friends. After it's over you get to talk. It's not truly a rivalry between friends," said Foster, who played both ways in the game. "The first game I went both ways, but after that it slowly stopped because players were stepping up. Unfortunately one of our guys went down and I had to step up it today. "
Step up Foster did.
Multiple times he had 1-on-1 situations with the four-star Lacouture, both on offense and defense - Foster held his own.
Late in the fourth quarter with the Knights driving, Foster had to pull on a play. In the process, he knocked the linebacker Banderas to the ground – actually it was more to his back.
"I was happy to get a good hit on him, it will be something we can talk about later," said a laughing Foster.
"The recruiting process has really gotten expanded. I could try to name all the schools, but it's a lot of them. I'm happy about that, but my main focus is right now playing with this team and getting to the playoffs," said Foster.
As for his interest in the Huskers?
"It's there always. I have all my friends right here. They are always going to be up there," said the junior, who visited the Huskers during Arkansas State and Idaho State weekend.
"It was a great experience, being able to go into the locker room and see everything was pretty cool," said Foster. "I'm happy they are looking at me like they have."