BGSU’s Foster adjusts to role

Senior switches from safety to cornerback

  • Aaron-Foster

    Aaron Foster

  • BOWLING GREEN — While practices have gone well enough for cornerback Aaron Foster, the Bowling Green State University senior used the Falcons’ first scrimmage last Sunday as his chance to shine.

    Foster said he felt more “comfortable” in the scrimmage than he had in fall practice. It showed as he blocked a field-goal attempt and later intercepted a pass and returned in 78 yards for a touchdown.

    Aaron Foster
    Aaron Foster

    “I was out there running around, making plays, and that was a good feeling,” the senior said.

    What made it especially good for the native of Bloomfield, Mich., was that it was his first game action since he switched from safety to cornerback at the end of spring practice.

    “I was definitely open to it, since I knew it was a chance for me to get back on the field,” Foster said of the switch. “Since then I’ve been working on my footwork and a lot of ‘bookwork’ — alignments, things to do on certain plays, things like that.”

    Bowling Green coach Dave Clawson said the coaching staff made the switch to better take advantage of Foster’s abilities.

    “Aaron is one of our fastest players, and he has great ball skills,” Clawson said. “We really felt [cornerback] better suited his skill set.

    “He’s gotten faster since he has been here, and he’s got the skills to play that position.”

    Foster certainly has plenty of experience, having played in 37 games with 13 starts in his career. His best season came in 2011, when he finished with 69 tackles, including 10 at West Virginia.

    While there were some changes in moving from safety, Foster said he’s starting to become comfortable at cornerback — and Clawson said that comfort level was obvious in the Falcons’ first scrimmage.

    “He had a phenomenal scrimmage for us,” Clawson said. “He’s just one of those guys who you can trust. He works hard. He’s smart. And he cares about it.”

    Bowling Green will hold its final fall scrimmage today starting at 1 p.m. at Doyt Perry Stadium.

    “We’ll work on a ‘coming-out’ period, a goal-line period, an overtime period,” Clawson said. “We’ll surprise them with a sudden-change situation.

    “In the first scrimmage we just wanted to evaluate our base stuff and let them play. In this scrimmage we want to see who can apply what we do to the situations where they fit in.”

    McKOY LEAVES: Junior cornerback DeVon McKoy left the Falcons following last Sunday’s scrimmage.

    The Youngstown Vindicator reported that McKoy has transferred to Youngstown State, where he will have two years of eligibility remaining.

    McKoy started seven games with BG in 2011 and made 34 tackles, but last year he started just once and finished with 19 stops.

    “He was running with the third string,” Clawson said of McKoy. “Von started for us two years ago, and he wants to start.

    “We wish we could have kept him here, because he gave us depth and was really good on special teams. But he wanted to go somewhere where he could start.”

    HOUSTON ADDED: William Houston, a preferred walk-on at Ohio State last spring, has transferred to Bowling Green and is a preferred walk-on for the Falcons.

    Houston ran for 1,158 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior at Dublin Scioto High School in 2012.

    The NCAA has yet to determine if the 6-foot, 262-pound Houston would be eligible this fall.