UCLA This returning starter possesses the talent to be one of the nations top tailbacks and a contender for All-America and other post-season honors such as the Doak Walker Award, presented to the nations top running back, and possibly the Heisman Trophy DeShaun is an impact player who has the ability to make the big play and score any time he touches the football He possesses excellent size, athleticism and the ability to change direction He has excellent hands (he has caught 49 passes in his career) He also possesses the strength to break tackles, has a wicked stiff-arm and is a good blocker Foster enters his senior year already ranked No. 4 in UCLA history with 31 career touchdowns In addition, his 188 points rank ninth on UCLAs career scoring list The flashy tailback also ranks 11th on the career rushing list with 2,085 yards He 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 His back-to-back 100-yard games against Alabama and Fresno State last year were the first by a Bruin since Skip Hicks did it in the final five games of the 1997 season He did not participate in Spring Practice due to surgery on the little finger of his left hand, but was very productive in the weight room during the off season.
2000 Foster was selected first-team All-Pac-10 by the leagues 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 His 269 carries rank third on that single-season list During the regular season, Foster ranked 36th in the nation and fourth in the Pac-10 in rushing (93.0), fourth in the Pac-10 in scoring (7.2 points) and fourth in the Pac-10 in all-purpose yards (107.2) He started 10 of the 11 games in which he appeared and played at least 45 snaps 10 times, including 78 versus Alabama, 68 at Arizona, 66 versus Michigan and Stanford, 62 at Oregon and 61 versus Wisconsin Foster was sidelined in the first half of the Arizona State game with a fractured third metacarpal in his right hand He missed the Cal game and returned to action against Oregon State He returned to the starting lineup in the road win at Arizona He carried the ball 29 times for 78 yards and a rushing touchdown in Tucson On UCLAs initial scoring drive of the game, he carried on seven of the 12 plays of the drive, rushing six times on first down for gains of five, seven, five, five, 12 and one yard for the touchdown In the Nov. 4 win over Stanford, playing with a smaller cast on his right hand, he rushed for 159 yards, the second-highest total of his career, and a 14-yard touchdown He also made two receptions for 37 yards, including a 21-yard touchdown that gave the Bruins the lead for good, 20-14 On Nov. 11 at Washington, he rushed for 93 yards on 20 carries In the second quarter, he carried seven times for 40 yards, including a 12-yard touchdown with 3:30 left in the half and a one-yard run with 0:43 prior to halftime In the regular-season finale against USC, he gained 43 yards on 20 attempts Against Wisconsin in the Sun Bowl, he rushed for 107 yards on 26 attempts, including a seven-yard touchdown in the second quarter He ran for 100 yards on 18 attempts in the first half but was hampered by bruised ribs that limited his effectiveness in the final half In the 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 teams 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 (his previous high was 118 yards at Arizona in 1998) His total was the highest since the 1997 Bruin opener when Skip Hicks rushed for 190 at Washington State 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 In the win over Fresno State, he carried the ball 29 times for 140 yards and two touchdowns For the second straight week, he converted a fourth-down play into a touchdown and his 49-yard tackle-breaking, change of direction TD run with 8:49 remaining was his longest since his 65-yard score in the 1998 USC game In the win over the then No. 3 Wolverines, he carried the ball 24 times for 95 net yards and his sixth touchdown of the season In the second half, he gained 83 yards on 16 attempts, including a five-yard touchdown in the third quarter In the final 15 minutes, he carried the ball eight times for 54 yards, including a 29-yard run on UCLAs game-winning touchdown drive In the Pac-10 opener at Oregon, he was limited to just 49 net yards on 19 attempts In the win over Arizona State, he fractured the third metacarpal in his right hand in the first quarter, played one snap in the second quarter and was finished for the night At the time, he had carried nine times for 30 yards He missed the game at California and returned to action against Oregon State He entered the game for UCLAs second series and carried five times for 18 yards, including a two-yard touchdown On the afternoon, he gained 56 net yards on 18 attempts and also made one reception.
1999 Despite a high sprain of his right ankle that affected virtually his entire season, Foster led the Bruins in rushing five times in 1999 He finished the season as the teams second-leading rusher with 375 yards and led the squad with six touchdowns He also placed fourth on the squad with 17 receptions Foster played in nine of 11 games and started five times (the first four and the last one) Due to the ankle injury, which happened during the Stanford contest, he carried just five times in the month of October (he did not play against California and Oregon State and carried once versus Oregon and twice at Arizona State and against Arizona) In the season finale against USC, despite playing behind a patchwork offensive line, he led the Bruins in rushing with 59 yards on 17 attempts but lost a fumble at the Trojan five-yard line He also led the team with six receptions for 30 yards In the victory over Washington, he rushed for a team-high 69 yards on 24 attempts and scored UCLAs two touchdowns on runs of eight and three yards Foster enjoyed his best game of the season at Stanford when he romped for 100 yards on 19 carries and scored two touchdowns In that game, he produced seven runs resulting in first downs, in addition to the two TDs, and caught three passes for 33 yards On Sept. 11 at Ohio State, he rushed for a team-high 51 yards on 17 carries and scored his second touchdown of the year, a seven-yard run that cut the OSU lead to four points (21-17) early in the second half In the opener against Boise State, he led the Bruins with 55 yards on 17 carries and scored UCLAs first touchdown Also played a total of five snaps in the defensive secondary in UCLAs first two games.
1998 In his first season at UCLA, Foster earned first-team Freshman All-America honors for his exploits Foster finished the year with 673 yards, the most ever by a UCLA true freshman He was the first true freshman to lead the team in rushing since Skip Hicks in 1993 and the first true freshman since Hicks to rush for over 100 yards twice in the same season On the year, he was the teams leading rusher with his 673 yards and averaged a team-best 5.3 yards per attempt He ranked second on the team with 12 touchdowns (10 rushing and two receiving), a new school record for true freshmen During the regular season, he ranked fifth (tied) in the conference in scoring (7.2), seventh in rushing (63.5) and 13th in all-purpose yards (105.5) He tied for third on the squad with 16 receptions for 163 yards and two touchdowns, including a 51-yard score He also averaged 26.6 yards on eight kickoff returns and 7.1 yards on eight punt returns He led the team in rushing five times, including each of the final four regular-season games Foster played in 11 games in 1998, missing most of the Oregon game and all of the contest at California with a sprained knee Foster wrote his name into Bruin lore by scoring all four touchdowns (three rushing and one receiving) in UCLAs 34-17 victory over USC He became the first true freshman in school history to score four TDs in one game and tied the overall school record held by numerous players, including teammate Jermaine Lewis His four-yard receiving touchdown gave the Bruins the lead for good (7-3 in the first quarter) and his 65-yard TD, the longest run of his young career, just two plays after USC had closed to within four points, gave the Bruins a 21-10 lead with 11:15 to play in the second quarter On the afternoon, Foster led the team with 109 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries and made three receptions for 18 yards and one TD At Miami, he led the Bruins with 79 yards on 16 carries and established a new Bruin season rushing record for freshmen In the Rose Bowl game against Wisconsin, he ran for 38 yards on 10 attempts Foster scored the first two touchdowns of the Oregon game (51-yard pass reception and a four-yard run) before spraining the MCL in his left knee in the second quarter and sitting out the rest of the contest The previous week, he had rushed for a career-best 118 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries at Arizona It marked the first time a true freshman had rushed for over 100 yards since Durell Price rumbled for 110 yards against NE Louisiana in a 1996 contest in the Rose Bowl It was also the highest total by a true freshman since Skip Hicks ran for 132 against Arizona State in 1993 In the Arizona game, Foster had five runs of over 10 yards including a 37-yard scoring run for UCLAs first score of the game on his first attempt and a one-yard TD in the second quarter He had 188 all-purpose yards, including a 45-yard kickoff return (his longest) to begin the drive that gave the Bruins the lead for good Foster returned to the Bruin attack in the second half of the Stanford game after sitting out against California due to the knee injury He rambled for 51 yards on nine attempts versus the Cardinal, including an eight-yard dash for the game-winning score in the fourth quarter In his debut, Foster ran seven times for 44 yards versus Texas and carried six times for 30 yards the following week at Houston He rushed for 77 yards against Washington State, including a 40-yard dash He also added 60 yards on two kickoff returns, 34 yards on five punt returns and 14 yards on two receptions for a total of 185 all-purpose yards On Nov. 7 at Oregon State, he scored his sixth TD on the ground to set a school record for true freshmen previously held by three players (Skip Hicks-1993, Shawn Wills-1989, Gaston Green-1984 each had five) The next week at Washington, he went for a team-best 73 yards on 11 carries and scored on a one-yard run early in the fourth quarter Despite not starting a single game, he played at least 25 snaps on six occasions, including 39 at Arizona, 34 at Miami, 30 against Washington State and Wisconsin, 29 versus USC and 28 at Washington He touched the ball 154 times and lost just two fumbles.
HIGH SCHOOL DeShaun put together one of the most incredible seasons in California prep football history as a senior at Tustin HS in 1997, playing running back and linebacker/defensive back for coach Myron Miller He rushed for 3,398 yards and scored 59 touchdowns 54 rushing (a state record by 10 TDs) on 323 carries, averaging over 10 yards per carry During his junior and senior seasons, DeShaun rushed for 5,195 yards and scored 88 TDs During his senior season, he scored 38 points in one game and 362 for the year Had 14 100-yard rushing games as a senior and 28 for his career Established a single-game best of 379 yards and career total of 5,885 yards rushing Set single-season (55) and career (90) CIF Southern Section marks for rushing touchdowns Had a single-game best of 44 carries ESPN SportsZone first-team All-America National Recruiting Advisor All-America (T-No.1 RB) Student Sports Senior All-America Member of PrepStar Dream Team (No. 3 RB) PrepStar Western Region Super 30 PrepStar All-America (No. 2 RB in West) The Sporting News Top 100 (No. 16 prospect and No. 2 RB) ESPN SportsZone No. 7 RB ESPN SportsZone No. 34 prospect SuperPrep All-America (No. 10 RB) SuperPrep All-Far West (No. 6 prospect) Cornwell's National Top 100 (No. 31 prospect) CBS SportsLine Top 100 Bill Buchalters Top 100 (No. 18/30 prospect) Member of Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100 Member of Long Beach Press-Telegrams Best in the West (a perfect 10 votes) USA Today California Player of the Year Student Sports All-State first team and State Player of the Year Winner of L.A. Times Glenn Davis Award as top prep player in Southern California Orange County co-Player of the Year (Register) L.A. Times Orange County Back of the Year and All-County First-team CIF Southern Section CIF Division V Co-Offensive Player of the Year First-team All-CIF Division V His 362 points (59 TDs and four two-point conversions) rank No. 1 in State history Ran for more than 200 yards in 10 of his 14 games as a senior and for at least 300 on three occasions Led team to 13-1 record Rushed for 377 yards and six touchdowns in 55-42 loss to Santa Margarita in CIF Southern Section Division V title game Selected to play in the Shrine All-Star game PrepStar pre-season All-America SuperPrep pre-season All-America (No. 12 skilled athlete) National Recruiting Advisor pre-season All-America (No. 8 RB in nation and No. 4 in West) As a junior, he rushed for 1,797 yards and 29 touchdowns Also caught 25 passes for 725 yards and 8 TDs Lettered four years in track for coach Shad Vickers Has run 10.52 100 and 21.7 200 Served as team track captain his senior year Track team earned CIF championship as a junior Lettered three seasons in basketball for coach Andy Geround Named honorable mention All-League in 1998 and Best Defensive Player as a junior and senior Selected Orange County Male Athlete of the Year (97-98) for all sports.
PERSONAL Full Name: DeShaun Xavier Foster Born: Jan. 10, 1980 in Charlotte, NC Parents: Albert and Cheryl Foster Has one sister, Whitney Lists former NFL star Earl Campbell as the player he admires and patterns his style of play after Hobbies include playing video games and reading Sociology major.
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