The bio doesn't lie. Time actually moves that fast. This ... is ... it.

Senior tight end Trey Foster. Whoa. Does that say senior? Man, there's some weight with that realization. Good thing there are friends to share it with.

"I told a couple of guys this winter going into this spring that it's our goodbye tour so we better make sure we take the most out of it," Foster said.

He's taken a slightly bigger step in the Husker program with each passing year. Why not the biggest one now?

He arrived as a walk-on from Lincoln Southeast. Redshirted in 2012. Played in six games in 2013 and caught a 9-yard pass. Played in eight games in 2014 and made a start. Earned a scholarship in 2015 and played in 10 games despite a fall camp ankle injury that probably kept you from seeing his best.

Now the bell rings for a final year of football. If that adds urgency, so might knowing that your head coach, Mike Riley, said earlier this spring you're a guy he thinks could play more in 2016.

"I'm more than excited, more than happy to hear those kind of things about myself," Foster said. "But I just want to make sure I'm able to do what the coaches are asking me to do so they trust me to get on the field."

On paper, tight end should be a position of strength for the Huskers in 2016. Certainly the experience is there, with three seniors in that room, with Foster joined by Cethan Carter and fellow Lincoln Southeast grad Sam Cotton.

Carter is the one with the most fame in that group, seemingly owning NFL potential, having caught 10 of his 24 passes last season in the final three games, totaling 165 yards receiving in that sprint to the finish to go with two carries for 48 yards.

Carter is reluctant to do media interviews, but his hard work has spoken loudly enough to some teammates.

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"One thing about Cethan is he's real hard on himself no matter what, with anything," senior wide receiver Alonzo Moore said after a practice last week. "I actually saw him today, he was like, 'Dang, I didn't feel I ran this route good.' Even though he caught the ball very well and got upfield. But he said he made one false step in his route. That's when you know you're becoming a great player, when you can critique yourself and be hard on yourself like that."

It's such attention to detail that Foster knows will be critical if that tight end unit is to be what he thinks it can.

Some good health would be welcome, too.

Even though Foster caught a 9-yard touchdown pass on a nifty play in the opener against BYU, he never was totally healthy from an ankle injury occurring in fall camp. He didn't complain about it. He doesn't make a big deal about it now. But it was part of the deal.

"It was a bit of a rough season last year, but I feel like I gave it my all through what my junior season turned out to be," he said.

He'd like to take on this season full-speed. It's not just his final go-round as a Husker but also his last chance to play alongside his younger brother Jerald Foster, a sophomore who has been working with the top unit at left guard this spring.

After Trey learned he'd received a scholarship last August, Jerald was the first person he told. It's a close family. The boys' dad, Jesse, is a pastor, and mom, Charlesette, is a counselor on the UNL campus. They attend Husker practices when they can.

Trey considers their guidance most valuable.

"My parents have always let me know that I'm good enough to play college football. My dad told me not to settle for a smaller school and to take a scholarship right off the bat," he said.

"I feel like they've instilled into me and my brother to do things that make sure we're ready to show the coaches we're ready to play every day, to make sure we do the little things we need to do."

Reach the writer at 402-473-7439 or bchristopherson@journalstar.com. On Twitter @HuskerExtraBC.


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