LSU backup quarterback Jared Foster is scheduled to have foot surgery on Monday and will likely miss the 2014 season, a source close to the player said.
Foster, an outfielder on the baseball team who joined the football squad over the summer, is suffering from a fracture in his left foot. Rehabilitation is expected to last more than two months. He should return to the team in December.
A team spokesman declined comment Friday.
Foster, a Lake Charles native, was invited to join the football team over the summer after a slew of reserve quarterbacks transferred. He walked on to the football team as a quarterback during his freshman season before dropping the sport and focusing solely on baseball.
Foster, thought to be LSU’s No. 3 at the position, will not dress out for the home opener against Sam Houston State on Saturday, the source said. He traveled to Houston and dressed out for the season opener against Wisconsin.
Foster was seen in a walking boot on the third day of fall camp in August. The fracture is a lingering injury he suffered during past baseball seasons.
Foster has two years of eligibility in football. He has two years to play one season of baseball. It’s unclear if he’ll play baseball next season or wait until 2016 and participate in spring football in March.
LSU is down to two scholarship quarterbacks, sophomore Anthony Jennings and true freshman Brandon Harris. The two are expected to split reps Saturday. Jennings is set to start the game.
A trio of backup quarterbacks has transferred since February. That group includes Stephen Rivers (Vanderbilt), Hayden Rettig (Rutgers) and Rob Bolden (Eastern Michigan).