Have you ever thought to yourself, "Wow, that is one really short player" while watching college football? I’m sure you have at some point. Well it turns out there’s an actual honor for that and, better yet, a Fighting Illini is under consideration! Illinois running back Kendrick Foster was named to the Dante Hall Award Watch on Tuesday afternoon; the trophy is presented to the best offensive/special teams player under 6-feet tall.
.@KFos_25 named to Dante Hall Award watch list, presented to best player under 6-feet tall " https://t.co/ZuU16MNOib pic.twitter.com/0oWE7vPvF4— Illini Football (@IlliniFootball) September 13, 2016
Despite nearly transferring from Illinois this Summer, Foster has already made a pretty big impact on the team. Through two games, the 5-foot-9 junior has already logged a team-high 172 rushing yards to go along with 2 touchdowns. He also set a single-game program record with 29.5 yards per carry (4 CAR, 118 YDS) in Week 1 against Murray State.
Foster was joined by fellow Big Ten players William Lively (Maryland), Janarion Grant (Rutgers), De'Mornay Pierson-El (Nebraska), Dontre Wilson (Ohio State), Riley McCarron (Iowa), Saquon Barkley (Penn State), and Rodney Smith (Minnesota) on the 40-man watch list.