Honors & Awards
» Honorable-Mention All-Big Ten (2017, Coaches & Media)
» Academic All-Big Ten (2016, 2017)
» Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award (2018)
» Eight-Time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll
» Nebraska Sam Foltz Hero 27 Leadership Award (2017)
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
Senior Jerald Foster will be expected to be one of the leaders of the 2018 Husker offense after seeing extensive action the past two seasons. A Lincoln native, Foster has started 16 games at left guard the past two years, and is the favorite to hold down that position again in 2018. He teams with fellow senior Tanner Farmer to give Nebraska one of the best and most experienced guard tandems in the conference.
The 6-3, 335-pound Foster started all 12 games as a junior and earned honorable-mention All-Big Ten recognition. He is highly respected by his teammates, earning him selection as a captain during his junior season.
In addition to his on-field success, Foster is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2016 and 2017. He earned his degree in construction management in May of 2018, and will play his senior season as a graduate student. Foster has been named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll each of his eight semesters at Nebraska.
Foster earned honorable-mention All-Big Ten accolades while holding down the starting left guard spot for all 12 games. One of two Husker offensive linemen to start every game in 2017, Foster also served as a team captain. With Foster anchoring the left side of the line, Nebraska ranked second in the Big Ten in passing (277.5 yards per game) and posted the fifth-highest passing total in school history (3,330 yards). The line helped Tanner Lee throw for 3,143 yards in his only season as a Husker, while Stanley Morgan Jr. set a school record with 986 receiving yards and JD Spielman posted the first 200-yard receiving game in school history against No. 9 Ohio State.
Foster suffered a knee injury during fall camp that originally was believed to sideline him for the season. Foster ultimately returned to start the final four games at left guard. Foster's play helped Nebraska rank among the nation's top units in protecting the passer.
2015 (Redshirt Freshman)
Foster played in all 13 games, primarily as a member of Nebraska's PAT and field goal units. He also saw limited action as a reserve at offensive guard.
Foster redshirted and worked on the scout team offensive line. He briefly moved to defensive tackle when injuries hit the position, but switched back to offense.
Before Nebraska (Southeast HS)
Foster was one of three in-state signees in Nebraska's 2014 recruiting class. He was a dominant two-way player for Coach Ryan Gottula at Lincoln Southeast. As a senior, Foster earned first-team All-Nebraska honors from the Omaha World-Herald and first-team Super State accolades from the Lincoln Journal Star, as he helped the Knights to a Class A state playoff appearance. Foster was a dominant blocker on offense, while recording 53 tackles and three sacks from his defensive line spot.
Foster was also a first-team All-Nebraska and first-team Super State pick as a junior when he helped Southeast to a 9-2 record and trip to the Class A quarterfinals. Foster earned first-team Super State honors as a sophomore offensive lineman. His dominant effort on the offensive line helped Southeast to the Class A state championship and a 12-1 record.
Foster was rated as the top prospect in the state of Nebraska by Rivals.com, and among the nation's top 25 guards. He only visited Nebraska, but had offers from a number of schools, including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Iowa State, Missouri, UCLA, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest.
The son of Jesse and Charlesette Foster, Jerald was born on Sept. 14, 1995. He is an eight-time member of the the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll. Foster earned a prestigious Sam Foltz Hero 27 Leadership Award in 2017 and received an Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award in 2018.
Foster has claimed spots on the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team and the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team each of the past four years for his extensive community outreach work. Foster has volunteered his time with the Nebraska Football Road Race, School is Cool Week, Make-A-Wish, NFL Fuel Up, People’s City Mission and numerous hospital and school outreach events. Jerald’s older brother, Trey, was a four-year letterwinner at tight end for NU, finishing his career in 2016.