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Taylor star lineman Foster makes name at games

Taylor star lineman Foster makes name at games
The Montgomery native took up track and field around the third grade. Photo courtesy of Vype

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In a little more than a week, Taylor sophomore offensive tackle Bryce Foster will line up during his team’s season opener, ready to blister whichever Atascocita defensive lineman stands in his way.

The 6-foot-5, 290-pound Foster’s profile has grown exponentially following an eye-opening freshman campaign, receiving 14 collegiate offers from recruiters hungry for him to wear their colors.

It’s what he recently accomplished off the gridiron, however, that opened more eyes.

Foster broke an 18-year-old AAU Junior Olympic Games record in late July when he threw 64’ 00.50” in the shot put, six feet better than his previous personal record.

“It feels unreal,” Foster recently told VYPE. “Every day I wake up and I watch video from it and I’m just like, ‘Wow. I really did that.’ Insane.”

Aside from the record, Foster also placed first in the discus in the Games.

“My confidence is very high right now,” Foster said.

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Cristian Javier is in better shape this season. Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images.

As the Astros prepare to play their first game of spring training against the Nationals this Saturday, we're starting to see reports about how the players approached the offseason, and what tweaks they made to improve in the 2024 season.

Cristian Javier is a player Astros fans are hoping bounces back this year, as his ERA jumped from 2.54 in 2022 to 4.56 in 2023. Workload was thought to be one of the main factors causing his regression, he dealt with a dead arm last season and threw more innings than ever before (162).

Another explanation could be the pitch clock. This was another new element all pitchers had to deal with last year, and that also likely played a role in his struggles.

But according to The Athletic's Chandler Rome, Javier believes he was carrying some extra weight last season. Add that to some mechanical issues he was experiencing, and his struggles in 2023 make a lot more sense. And to be fair, he wouldn't be the first person to get a little fat and happy after winning a World Series.

In an effort to get back on track in 2024, Javier said he lost around 15 pounds this offseason. With the pitch clock not going anywhere, pitchers need to be in better cardiac shape than ever before.

Hopefully this modification helps Javier return to form and put up jaw-dropping numbers like he did in 2022. This rotation needs Javier to be the dominate pitcher we all know he's capable of being. With Justin Verlander behind schedule and Framber Valdez trying to bounce back from his own down year, Houston will depend on Javier like never before.

The Astros are certainly counting on it after giving him a 5-year, $64 million contract last season. Javier will definitely be a player to watch this spring.

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