Coach speak: D.J. Foster

D.J. Foster was a name that Nebraska fans wanted on the commitment list, but were unsure if he would become a Husker or when. Foster pulled the trigger on Big Red Weekend and Lincoln (Nebr.) Southeast head coach Ryan Gottula says that Nebraska got a gem with Foster.

Lincoln (Nebr.) Southeast head coach Ryan Gottula is looking forward to this season. He has a lot of talent coming back for the 2013 season, including two Nebraska commitments. One of those commitments, D.J. Foster, is a player that Nebraska fans have known about since the summer before his junior year.

Foster, a 6-foot-3 and 314-pound lineman, has a nasty streak on the field. More than that though, he has that square frame that college coaches love from their interior, offensive lineman and he can also do all of the blocks well that you need a guard to do.

"With D.J. he's a finisher," Lincoln Southeast head coach Ryan Gottula said. "He's going to finish his blocks for you. He's been a starter for us since our sophomore season. He's also a very good puller.

"He's not just a dominant run-blocker, but he's also very good in pass protection. I think that he's shown that in one-on-ones in camps he's been at around the country. Those things allow us to do a lot of different things with him up front."

While Foster was already a top target with great tools he set out this year to really get better. One area that Coach Gottula recognizes that Foster has gotten better is with his conditioning. The commitment to conditioning has been habit-forming which has led to better leadership on the field at Southeast and should extend to the next level at Nebraska.

"One thing that he's done a great job with since this summer, really since this spring, is that his conditioning level has really improved tremendously. He's going to have to be a guy for us this season to play on both side of the ball.

"Having that type of conditioning and that type of work ethic to push yourself to get to that condition can only help him down the road. He also wanted to work on inside pass rush moves and some leadership things, D.J. and Luke have been great leaders for us all summer."

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Bryan Munson has worked with Big Red Report for 11 years covering recruiting and football and has covered Nebraska recruiting for 13 years.
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