CHARLOTTE – Gardner-Webb cornerback Jaylan Foster was named Big South Conference/Come Ready Nutrition Freshman of the Week for the second time in as many weeks on Monday afternoon.
The weekly honors are chosen each Monday by the league office.
Foster (Duncan, S.C. / Byrnes HS) has made big plays for the Runnin' Bulldogs in the secondary since moving into a more prominent role at Ohio on September 24.
In Saturday's narrow 17-7 loss to No. 16 Coastal Carolina, Foster finished with five total tackles (four solo), an interception and a 51-yard fumble return that set up Gardner-Webb's lone score of the game.
With the Chanticleers entering the Gardner-Webb red zone early in the second quarter, Foster stepped in front of a Tyler Keane pass in the end zone and made his third interception of the season to preserve a scoreless tie in a tight game.
The 6-0, 190-pounder made the play of the game just before halftime, stopping up a Devin Brown fumble after a Chad Geter strip behind the line and dodged several would-be tacklers before sprinting inside the Coastal Carolina 20-yard line. That return set up a quick, eight-yard scoring drive that gave Gardner-Webb a 7-3 lead it would hold until early in the fourth quarter.
Foster was a key part of a defensive effort that limited the Chanticleers to less than 350 yards of offense for just the fourth time since 2014 – and just the second time this season. It was also the first time in 19 games that Coastal Carolina's potent offense had been held to less than 20 points.
Foster leads Gardner-Webb with three interceptions and eight passes defended in 2016, despite not garnering his first career start until October 1. He has added 30 total tackles (22 solo) in a tremendous debut season.
Gardner-Webb (3-4, 1-0 Big South) will face another high-powered offensive unit on Saturday, hosting Kennesaw State (4-2, 0-1 Big South) at high noon in Ernest W. Spangler Stadium. The game will air live on the American Sports Network (ASN), with legendary play-by-play man Mike Hogewood and former Notre Dame and NFL standout Renaldo Wynn calling the action.