Departed Texas A&M football player planning to reunite with former coach?

A longtime starter with Texas A&M football could be aiming for a reunion with an old position coach for the Aggies.
Sep 18, 2021; College Station, Texas, USA; Texas A&M Aggies offensive lineman Bryce Foster (61)
Sep 18, 2021; College Station, Texas, USA; Texas A&M Aggies offensive lineman Bryce Foster (61) / Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Former C for Texas A&M football reportedly visits Southern Cal; planning for reunion with former coach?

One of the more polarizing players in his time with Texas A&M football for entirely non-football reasons was Aggie center Bryce Foster. In many ways, Foster was the victim of circumstance; recruited as a two-sport athlete, he committed to both Texas A&M football and the Aggie track program.

As such, he spent his spring throwing shotput rather than practicing offensive line. There are some who have said that they believe he could have done more than he chose to with the football team; in any case, though, he was absent from spring football each of his three seasons on campus.

Even so, he started immediately for the 2021 team at center, and showed some real power and promise in the middle of the Aggie line—a unit that wasn't quite what the dominant 2020 unit had been, but ended up playing quite well by the end of the year under the tutelage of Josh Henson.

In 2022 and 2023, however, Foster had a new coach: Steve Addazio. I don't need to speak much on the subject of what Aggie fans thought of Addazio; suffice it to say that he is not exactly missed around College Station if you were to ask the average fan.

A change in coaching as well as some untimely injuries made for an uneven two years for Foster. As the quality of the entire line began to decline, Foster was sometimes made the scapegoat, with an eye especially towards his non-involvement in spring ball.

After Mark Nabou took all of the first-team snaps at center this spring and the Aggies gained a commitment from Utah C Koli Faaiu from the transfer portal, the writing seemed to be on the wall for Foster with this new coaching staff. He was too far behind the eight-ball after missing the spring, and he decided to enter the portal.

Given how many storylines have revolved around Bryce over the last few years, this is one that the Aggie faithful have watched with interest. It will also intrigue them, then, to hear this latest piece of news.

USC, of course, is where Foster's first Aggie coach, Josh Henson, is co-OC and OL coach. Could Foster be planning a reunion with Henson? If so, it would make sense. I certainly would like to see it happen—by all accounts, Foster is a great guy, and if playing for Addazio was not exactly what he signed up for, then I'd like to see him get another crack at playing under the position coach he committed to.