After seeing live action in just five games during his redshirt freshman season, Foster exploded onto the scene last fall, reeling in 11 receptions for 120 yards in the season-opener versus Rutgers in Kenan Stadium.
"I definitely wasn't expecting that, but I'll take it," Foster said. "I was working hard in camp, and I just wanted to come out and prove myself."
Foster finished the season with 38 catches for 486 yards and one touchdown, only one back of Nicks' 39 receptions, although the media coverage would suggest otherwise.
"I'm just going to keep working hard," Foster said. "The [lack of] attention probably is really my fault, because I'm kind of a laid-back-type dude. But it's cool – I'll get my attention when I get on the field and prove myself."
The Boiling Springs, S.C. native believes that Shoop's offense will allow him to do just that – step up and become a playmaker.
"[Shoop's] going to see what he has – what kind of weapons he has – and use that to his advantage," Foster said. "If you tell him you want the ball, and you can make a play and you can prove that you can make a play, then he's going to get you the ball."
Foster is an elder statesman of sorts, with the two-deep at wide receiver loaded with first- and second-year players at the position, including senior Joe Dailey, who made the switch from QB back in the winter. The fourth-year wideout lets his play and effort do the talking when it comes to leadership.
"I'm not really too much of a leader by words – I pretty much lead by my actions," Foster said. "The young guys look to me – they look at how I perform. I might pull one of them over to the side and say something, but I'm not too much of a stand-up-and-say-something guy."
Regardless of the media attention directed his way, Foster has set lofty goals for his junior season at North Carolina.
"I definitely want to become All-ACC – even All-American, hopefully," Foster said. "You've got to set your bar high. You've just to keep digging and digging and see where it takes you."