Honors & Awards
» Academic All-Big Ten (2016)
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2014, 2015, 2016; Spring 2015, 2016)
» Nebraska Sam Foltz Hero 27 Leadership Award (2017)
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2015, 2016)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2015, 2016, 2017)
Junior Jerald Foster will be counted on to be one of the leaders of the Nebraska offensive line in 2017, coming into the season as a frontrunner to start at left guard. The 6-3, 310-pound Foster teams with fellow junior Nick Gates to make the left side of the line a potentially dominant duo for the Husker offense.
Foster missed the first nine games of the 2016 season with an MCL injury, but showed his potential when he returned for the final four games. The Lincoln Southeast graduate was a key reserve at guard in his redshirt freshman season. Foster was an Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2016, and has been named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll each of his semesters at Nebraska. Foster's older brother, Trey, was a senior tight end for the 2016 Huskers.
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 a construction management major, and has been named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll each of his first five semesters. Foster earned a prestigious Sam Foltz Hero 27 Leadership Award in 2017. He also claimed spots on the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2015, 2016) and the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2015, 2016, 2017) for his community outreach work, which included volunteering with Uplifting Athletes, Make-A-Wish, School is Cool and numerous hospital and school outreach events.
Foster's Career Statistics
Games Played--17, 13 in 2015, 4 in 2016
Games Started--4 in 2016