Oct. 24, 2013
By Alex Marcheschi
OhioBobcats.com - Staff Writer
Redshirt senior Ohio wide receiver Donte' Foster has been great throughout his career as a Bobcat, but in the past two weeks, he's taken it to another level.
Foster has compiled 20 receptions for 261 yards and a touchdown in his first two Mid-American Conference games of the season, and he's also approaching serious Ohio all-time receiving records.
He currently has 17 career receiving touchdowns, leaving him just one shy of tying LaVon Brazill for second all-time in Ohio history and two shy of tying Terrence McCrae for the all-time record of 19.
"It's great to see him getting close to the records, he deserves it," said redshirt senior Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton. "He's worked his butt off to get to this point and it's paying off."
The milestone of tying Brazill has special meaning to Foster. He played with Brazill when he was at Ohio and Foster tried to learn everything he possibly could from the explosive former Bobcat, who currently plays with the Indianapolis Colts.
"I took everything from him, I just sat back and watched him do everything he did on the field," Foster said. "I'd get in the film room and watch him, I still try to imitate my routes just like him, but he probably does it a little bit better than me. He's a little bit faster, but I just tried to take some of his techniques."
And now that the record is well within reach, Foster finds himself in awe of his surroundings.
"It's just crazy because you see how great LaVon is, and for my name to be thrown out there around him, it's just a blessed situation," he said. "If I get it, I'll be sure to text him and make fun of him and say `I beat you on the touchdowns, but you still got me on the yards.' But, we'll just see how it plays out."
His recent streak of dominance in the past two games has been something to marvel at. He's been Ohio's go-to receiver for clutch first downs and important plays. This is his final season at Ohio, and he's making sure to seize every opportunity he gets.
"This is the last go around, so you've got to turn it up a notch," Foster said. "Every time the ball is thrown to me, I expect myself to catch it and make at least one defender miss and get some yards after the catch."
His confidence has been forged by toughness; the receiver from Guthrie, Okla., rarely misses a game. Throughout his career as a Bobcat, he's battled through lingering injuries ranging from his thumb to his knee.
"A lot of credit goes to him in terms of mental and physical toughness," said Ohio head coach Frank Solich. "And when you combine that with really outstanding athletic ability, you got yourself quite a player."
On top of that, Foster is one of the smartest players on the team. His combination of skill, toughness, and knowledge sets him apart from the average wide out.
"If he had to play third team quarterback, I wouldn't hesitate to put him in that role if we had to," said Ohio wide receivers coach Dwayne Dixon. "He's a very bright young man and he has wonderful football savvy. He loves competing."
The Miami game could carry large implications for the Ohio record books. If Foster scores twice, he will earn himself a share of the title of Ohio's receiving touchdown king.