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Coach Saban on WR Robert Foster: “He’s playing with a lot more confidence”

Alabama WR Robert Foster (No. 8): Cedric Mason- Touchdown Alabama Magazine

Alabama will have one its more potent wide outs back in the fall, yet he is making a case to be productive in spring ball.

Robert Foster was starting to emerge last season, until a rotator cuff injury against Ole Miss ended his run.

The rising junior totaled 10 receptions for 116 yards and a touchdown in three games. He became more of a coachable player during the spring of 2015, grasping on to the concept of having good hands and crisp route running skills to pair with his body control.

Foster rehabbed strong from shoulder surgery and has fully participated in the team’s first two sessions of spring practice.

Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban addressed the press on Foster’s status during Monday’s press conference.

“He [Robert] is doing a really good job,” Saban said. “He is out there practicing. We put him in a black shirt because he’s coming off an injury, but he is doing everything that everyone else is doing. He’s gotten better knowledge of the position and playing with more confidence.”

Saban added with “sometimes players can learn a lot when they don’t play.”

Foster did a lot of observing in 2015 as Calvin Ridley, ArDarius Stewart and O.J. Howard were the beneficiaries of Jacob Coker. He was a five-star recruit and the nation’s No.1 wide receiver upon enrolling at Alabama in 2013. The 6-foot-2, 191-pounder has been productive through the first two days of practice and looks to finally seize every opportunity.

Foster recently switched his jersey from No. 8 to No. 1.

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama MagazineYou can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @ESPN_Future.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 15 years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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