Foster Sawyer still feels he has football left in him even after his college career didn’t go according to plan.
He was the quarterback for TCU ex KaVontae Turpin’s personal pro day last month at Paschal High School, and caught the eyes of professional scouts.
Once the scouts had seen enough on-field work by Turpin, they asked Sawyer to throw a few more passes. Sawyer still has the tools that made him such a high-profile recruit coming out of high school.
“I feel like I have the abilities,” Sawyer said of making it as a professional. “I just have to put the work into it. I believe in myself and I appreciate APEC and all the work they put into me.
“I’m more healthy than ever. I didn’t realize how much I couldn’t use my lower half the past two years. I’d been using all arm, but I feel healthy and good.”
Sawyer seemed like a can’t miss prospect coming out of All Saints.
He helped lead the Saints to consecutive TAPPS small school state championships in 2012 and 2013, had a four-star rating by recruiting sites and was in line to become the next great quarterback at his hometown school of TCU.
But things didn’t go as expected.
Sawyer was thrown into the fire for his first college start on the road against perennial power Oklahoma, throwing three interceptions and being benched in a 2015 loss. That was just one of two starts and 12 total games Sawyer played in his career at TCU.
He ended with 433 yards passing and three TDs during his TCU tenure.
“It was ups and downs at TCU for sure, but it was all learning experiences,” Sawyer said. “There’s no such thing as a non-learning experience. It was definitely humbling, but I’m very thankful for my time at TCU and grateful for Coach [Gary] Patterson and Coach [Sonny] Cumbie.
“Transferring was just something I needed to do for myself. I needed to make a move, it had nothing to do with them.”
His SFA career didn’t go much better.
Sawyer blew out his knee twice. He tore his medial collateral ligament (MCL) in a boating accident, and then tore everything -- MCL, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and meniscus -- during his fourth game played his junior season in 2017.
A concussion limited him to six games last season. His once promising college career is now over, but Sawyer has taken it in stride.
“It’s definitely been an interesting path to say the least,” Sawyer said. “But I truly believe that God has a plan and it’s definitely been rewarding. My college career wasn’t how I envisioned it, but a lot of good has come from it.
“Adversity is something that is in my favor. I have almost nothing to lose and everything to gain.”
Outside of throwing in front of scouts for four NFL teams during Turpin’s pro day, Sawyer threw at North Texas’ Pro Day as well. He also participated in the Dallas Cowboys’ “Dallas Day” earlier this month, where the organization invites players who played at area high schools and colleges to work out.
Like any aspiring player, Sawyer is hopeful to get an opportunity. He knows he likely won’t hear his name called during this week’s NFL Draft, but could land with a team as a free agent or pursue opportunities in a start-up league such as the XFL.
After all, it’s a QB-hungry industry and Sawyer believes he would be an asset to any team.
“You’re going to get a guy who comes in and works hard every day, that’s going to learn the playbook and be a good teammate,” Sawyer said. “I know my job and I know what I can do to help a team.”