It’s bee a season that hasn’t gone as planned for Lovie Smith and Illinois. The expectations may not have been extraordinarily high for this program in 2016, but a 3-7 record leaves something to be desired.
Amidst the disappointment though, the Illini have had a diamond in the rough. It’s been 5-foot-9 junior running back Kendrick Foster.
Not only has Foster been a bright spot for a struggling Illinois offense that has been hindered by injuries this season, he’s doing something that nobody else in college football is currently doing.
That’s right, according to the Illinois football Twitter account, Foster is the only player in the sport to post more than 600 yards rushing and more than 500 yards in kick returns:
— Illini Football (@IlliniFootball) November 15, 2016
Foster’s top performance came in a win over Michigan State when he rushed for a career-high 146 yards and scored two TDs. In September, the junior returned five kicks against Western Michigan for 131 yards, an average of over 26 yards per return.
After 11 weeks, Foster ranks 13th in the B1G in rushing yardage and third in kick return yardage. He’s totaled nine TDs this year, as well.