LSU outfielder Jared Foster is returning to football.
The school confirmed Tuesday that Foster, an outfielder on the baseball team, will rejoin the football team as a reserve quarterback.
A former walk-on QB, Foster adds depth to a position at LSU that has lost three backup quarterbacks over the last five months.
Foster, a reserve outfielder for the baseball team the last three seasons, will have two years of eligibility in football. He’ll have two years to play one season in baseball.
Foster dropped football following his true freshman season in 2011 to focus solely on baseball.
Football coach Les Miles and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron last week reached out to the 6-foot, 195-pound Lake Charles native about joining the football team.
“He’s pretty athletic,” Miles said Tuesday. “We would expect him to gives us some abilities.”
A trio of backup quarterbacks has transferred since February. That group includes Stephen Rivers, Hayden Rettig and, most recently, Rob Bolden, who’s departure was made public Monday.
LSU is down to two scholarship quarterbacks, sophomore Anthony Jennings and true freshman Brandon Harris. Those two are expected to compete in fall camp for the starting quarterback gig.
Foster fits in behind them as a reserve who has experience at the position. He was an all-state and all-district selection in football at Barbe.
It has not been decided when Foster will use his one year of eligibility in baseball – 2015 or 2016. Foster may bypass the 2015 baseball season so he can participate in spring practice next year, baseball coach Paul Mainieri said.
Mainieri calls Foster the best athlete on the baseball team. Foster and Mainieri met Monday about him, at least temporarily, leaving the baseball team for football.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if he makes an impact,” Mainieri said Tuesday. “It’s been done before where guys have left football and come back. Obvious example is Matt Mauck. He came back and led us to a national championship. Who’s to say Jared Foster can’t do the same?”
In limited playing time, Foster made multiple leaping grabs in the outfield last season, including a game-saving, bases-loaded, ninth-inning catch in a win at Texas A&M.
“I’ve seen him throw a football messing around at baseball practice,” Mainieri said. “He’s got a strong arm.”