Blue and Gold Illustrated

March 2022

Blue & Gold Illustrated: America's Foremost Authority on Notre Dame Football

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30 MARCH 2022 BLUE & GOLD ILLUSTRATED BY PATRICK ENGEL I saiah Foskey wanted to be more than an also-ran. Sure, being a preteen surrounded by a bunch of high school football players in former NFL player Anthony Trucks' Heavy Hitters training program is an accomplishment itself, but he did not jump into the challenge for a par- ticipation medal. He wanted to max it out. And that meant crushing his core until it opened his tear ducts. Training sessions at Trucks' gym in Antioch, Calif., included core work, and not just crunches. Fifteen minutes of blow-your-belly-up exercises designed to test boundaries. Foskey wanted to find his limits and smash them. "Without fail, every week if not every day, he'd get to the point of where he'd be doing it and crying in the corner,'" Trucks said. "Genuinely crying. We're like, 'Isaiah, stop man.' He wouldn't stop. "We'd be trying to physically stop him, and he'd brush us off and keep on going." An ex-Oregon linebacker and three- year NFL veteran with an eye for these More To Do Isaiah Foskey spurned the NFL Draft for one more year to chase first-round and national championship goals Foskey announced his return for his senior year at Notre Dame despite being projected as a Day 2 pick in this year's NFL Draft. The explosive defensive end led the Irish with 11 sacks last season. PHOTO BY CHAD WEAVER

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