Hard work pays off.
Donnie Foster is now an example of that; the center out of IMG Academy who came to the Orange as a preferred walk-on in 2014 will be awarded a scholarship by the university, according to Syracuse.com.
Foster didn’t get his scholarship by playing exceptionally on the field in 2014. In fact, he didn’t even play a snap last year. Foster got his college paid for through practice. He got more time than expected in spring ball after Rob Trudo missed practices with a high ankle sprain and Jason Emerich had a conflict with classes. When both Trudo and Emerich were out of practice, the only choices at center were Foster and converted tight end Kendall Moore.
Foster didn’t have to get his scholarship the hard way. When he was being recruited out of high school he had offers from Ivy League schools such as Harvard and Dartmouth, and he turned a lot of heads when he turned down the scholarship (and the Ivy League education) to walk on to the Orange.
The scholarship could mean the 6’3″ 316 pound lineman will play a bigger role in the upcoming season. The Orange are already thin on the offensive line, and Foster making an impact could keep the incoming class of linemen from being forced on the field too early.
Hopefully Foster will be able to earn his scholarship on the field in 2015.
Posted: Nathan Dickinson