Foster IslandPublished 10:20am Monday, August 19, 2013
Jessie “Jay” Foster is a player who is all about his craft.
As the top cornerback for the Dadeville Tigers entering this season, Foster is ready to take his play to the next level while raising his secondary mates’ level of play around him.
According to the senior defensive back, it all starts with putting time in on the field and making sure that there are no holes in his game.
“I’m always doing drills and working on my footwork with my dad (defensive backs coach Jessie Foster Sr.),” Foster said. “I’m always working.”
For Foster, it’s about more than being a shutdown corner.
While his career stat sheet – he has averaged 57 tackles and four picks a year during his two seasons of play – says he’s well on his way to earning that moniker, Foster is looking to help his unit improve first and foremost.
With Dadeville’s tradition of having a strong defensive front imbedded into the minds of Tigers’ fans, Foster said he wants people to take note of the back end of the Tigers’ defense.
He added he intends to lead and motivate his fellow defensive backs into becoming the strength of the team, although his methods could be considered unconventional.
“We (the secondary) are ready to accept the challenge of being the best group on the field,” Foster said. “One of the ways we’re doing that is by having some side bets with each other, such as if we get some picks, we go out to eat. If we keep the offense off the scoreboard, we’ll do a cookout or something. We’re trying to keep each other motivated.”
The 5-foot-9, 185-pounder, who runs a 4.5 second 40-yard dash, has drawn interest from several colleges, with SEC school Missouri being among them.
However, Foster has his own interests, and they are all team-oriented.
“My goal this year is to be a team player. I’m all about the team and helping us reach our goal, which is the state championship,” he said. “As a secondary, we need to take it to that next level. We have to get more interceptions, more tackles and more forced fumbles. We can’t allow ourselves to get beat deep or anything like that.”
In order for the Tigers to reach Tuscaloosa, Foster knows that the team needs to have more in the tank than the opposition.
After all, getting into the postseason hasn’t been a problem for Dadeville.
However, Foster isn’t satisfied with just getting there.
“If we want to win state, we have to finish,” he said. “We have to play all four quarters, and we have to play the fourth quarter harder than we play the first three.”
Foster said he is ready to do his part to ensure that the Tigers are able to finish.
His in-your-face style of coverage should mesh well with his physicality.
With a 290-pound max bench press and 500-pound max squat, Foster said he has every intention on overwhelming the opposition with aggressive blanket coverage.
“I’m an aggressive player, and I like that when I’m out there, it’s one-on-one,” Foster said. “It’s just me and the receiver, and you better believe I’m going to do my job.”
For Foster, that job is to set an example for the secondary and anchor what has the potential to be the Tigers’ biggest strength this year.
He said he is more than ready to do so and warned the opposition of their fates when they line up against Dadeville on Friday nights.
“When players come to my side of the field, I’m putting them on lockdown,” Foster said. “It’s me against you, and you are not going to catch anything.”
If Foster can hold up his vow to make opponents disappear inside Foster Island, the road to Tuscaloosa may be a little bit easier for the Dadeville Tigers.
See The Outlook throughout the month of August for player profiles of The Outlook’s Super 12 team leading to the kickoff of the 2013 season.