Aug. 24, 2001
UCLA senior tailback DeShaun Foster has been named as a pre-season candidate for the 2001 Doak Walker Award, presented annually to the nation's top college running back. He is one of 43 pre-season candidates.
Foster enters his senior year already ranked No. 4 in UCLA history with 31 career touchdowns. In addition, his 188 points rank ninth on UCLA's career scoring list. The flashy tailback also ranks 11th on the career rushing list with 2,085 yards. Foster could become only the sixth player in school history to rush for over 3,000 yards in his career and only the seventh Bruin to rush for at least 1,000 in two different seasons. He can move into second place on the career rushing list with 1,111 yards this season. Foster has gained over 100 yards in his career on seven occasions and has also made 49 receptions during his career.
A year ago, Foster was selected first-team All-Pac-10 by the league's coaches despite missing one game and most of a second due to a broken bone in his right hand which hindered him for the remainder of the season. He led the Bruins in rushing with 1,037 yards, running for at least 100 yards on four occasions. He also led the team with 13 touchdowns and 78 points. His 1,000-yard season was the 15th in UCLA history and his 1,037 yards rank 13th on the single-season list.
In last year's season opener against Alabama, he enjoyed one of the greatest games in UCLA history while carrying the football 42 times to tie the school record set by Karim Abdul-Jabbar in 1995. He was at his best in the fourth quarter as UCLA was protecting its 35-24 lead, carrying the ball on 12 of the team's 16 offensive plays (excluding a final kneel by the quarterback) for 59 yards and three key first downs. On the afternoon, Foster rushed for a career-high 187 yards and three touchdowns. Foster carried the ball 21 times for 93 yards in the first half and 21 times for 94 yards in the second half. He had five double-digit runs and produced 12 first downs.