Syracuse University junior Evan Foster looks to make a tackle in a game against Notre Dame Nov. 17. The West Bloomfield High graduate finished the year with 86 total tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and two sacks.

Syracuse University junior Evan Foster looks to make a tackle in a game against Notre Dame Nov. 17. The West Bloomfield High graduate finished the year with 86 total tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and two sacks.

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Former West Bloomfield High football standout succeeding at next level

By: Zachary Manning | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published January 10, 2019

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WEST BLOOMFIELD — Darryl Foster has always told his son to maintain his character, be true to himself, stay humble and continue to work hard.

As a junior communications major at Syracuse University, Evan Foster has been able to use those principles to pursue his dream of playing football and graduating from college.

Before heading to Syracuse, the 2016 West Bloomfield High graduate was a star for the Lakers under coach Ron Bellamy. He said his time at West Bloomfield helped him prepare for the next level.

Bellamy raved about Foster’s play and added that it has been exciting to watch him grow in his time at Syracuse.

“He was a kid that was just terrorizing opposing teams with his speed, his size and his athleticism. You could see the potential every year. He was growing taller, getting wider, getting more explosive and by his senior year, he was a force to be reckoned with,” Bellamy said.

As Syracuse’s starting strong safety, Foster has become one of the top players for the Orange, finishing his junior season with 86 total tackles, which was third highest on the team. He also added 5.5 tackles for loss and two sacks. In his three-year career, Foster has totaled 158 tackles, seven tackles for loss, two interceptions, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and a touchdown.

In 2018, Foster was a leader on an Orange team that posted a 10-3 record. This was the Orange’s first 10-win season since 2001. Syracuse collected its 10th win in the Camping World Bowl, where the Orange were able to upset No. 16 West Virginia University to claim their first bowl win since 2013. Foster had eight tackles in the game.

“It’s definitely a different feel. It’s just an atmosphere of everybody being happy and being focused and knowing that we have a goal that we can accomplish. Just doing something that Syracuse hasn’t done in such a long time felt like a great thing to do, and just moving forward knowing that we can get even better to push Syracuse University to milestones that they haven’t been to,” Foster said.

With one more year left at Syracuse, Foster has some lofty goals. He’d like to reach the 100-tackle mark in a single season and come away with a few more interceptions, while helping the Orange become one of the best defenses in the country.

Teamwise, Foster wants to take down Clemson University and reach the college football playoff. He added that next year’s Syracuse team has the potential to be one of the best in program history.

“I would definitely say I’m a very physical player, good in the box. I can cover a little bit. Probably the thing I need to work on most is footwork and just open space,” Foster said.

As his time at Syracuse continues to wind down, Foster has thought about the NFL, but he’s committed to earning his degree and putting on the orange and white for one more season.

When that time comes, Foster and his family aren’t sure what that will feel like. But his family is proud of what he’s been able to accomplish in his career thus far.

“I can’t even imagine what that would be like,” Darryl Foster said of potentially seeing his son be drafted in the NFL. “I’ve witnessed it in other parents and seen other players hearing their name called. It’s something that I think about, but it’s probably not something you can even identify with until it actually happens, because that’s just something that seems so remote, but it’s a serious possibility.”

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