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Nick Saban, Alabama football needs WR Robert Foster to emerge in 2017

Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala.–If there was ever a time for a five-star athlete to be needed by his respective program, now would be the time. For Alabama football head coach Nick Saban, he brought up one name during his second presser of the spring season that he wants to see develop a role in the upcoming fall.

“Robert Foster had a role on this team two years ago before he got hurt,” Saban said. “He’s a guy that would be a real plus for us because of the speed that he has, and the vertical ability he gives us outside. I think he’s playing better than he did a year ago and hopefully, he’ll continue to improve and have a role on the team.”

Foster, a senior, was a marquee recruit in the Crimson Tide’s top-ranked 2013 signing class.

He hasn’t done much since his arrival and despite starting the 2015 season off well – 10 catches, 116 receiving yards, two touchdowns – a rotator cuff injury versus Ole Miss ended his year. Listed at 6-foot-2 and 196 pounds, Foster recorded a strong time of 4.47 seconds in the 40-yard dash in spring testing.

He’s gotten stronger in the weight room also, posting a 355-pound bench.

It’s expected for junior wide out Calvin Ridley to succeed and though Tide fans are excited for five-star freshman Jerry Jeudy, they do want to see something special happen for Foster.

Stephen M. Smith is a managing editor and columnist for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @Smsmith_TDALMag.

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