Derek Foster grew up in Elm Creek, Neb., dreaming of becoming a Husker.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Senior Spotlight: Derek Foster

By NU Athletic Communications

By Gage Peake, Nebraska Media Relations

Growing up in a small town in Nebraska, one of every boy’s dreams is to put on the white helmet with the scarlet ‘N’ and walk out in front of 92,000 screaming fans wearing red.
Nebraska senior cornerback Derek Foster is living that dream.

As a fifth year walk-on from Elm Creek, Foster came to the Husker program after a successful high school career. According to Foster, it was his dream since day one to be a Husker football player.  

“Growing up, especially when I got to start playing football obviously being in Nebraska, you cannot really escape anything with Nebraska football,” Foster said. “I grew up loving sports, loving football. Any clothes I had were all Nebraska stuff.”

Even though Foster has yet to see the field as a Husker, he still says that it has been a dream come true becoming a Nebraska football player.

“It means a lot, especially for me growing up in a small town in Nebraska and having other kids that aspire to do things like I have done,” he said. “It’s not the easiest thing for us (walk-ons) to get here. I watched NU play, and I always knew I wanted to be a part of it. To be able to experience it, yes it’s a cliché but it is a dream come true.”

Foster is scheduled to graduate in December with his degree in nutrition and exercise science. His bonds with his teammates extend beyond the field, as he shares a house with senior cornerback Josh Mitchell and senior I-back Ameer Abdullah.

 “It is pretty fun and exciting,” Foster said of living with teammates. “Josh and I have been living together for a while and have been best friends since freshman year. It’s kind of cool to see. We have all the opposite spectrums with team leaders and walk ons, it’s fun to see what they go through.”

Foster did note that home life is an escape for all of the guys.  

“Home is our escape, we are here hours a day so when we get home we sit in the living room and watch a few TV shows and not really talk about football.”

Once football is over, Foster plans to remain around the game by trying to become a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Huskers.


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