DeShaun Foster To Run For Bruins In 2001

Jan. 11, 2001

Junior tailback DeShaun Foster, UCLA's first 1,000-yard rusher since 1997, has announced that he will play his senior season for the Bruins.

'I'm looking forward to next year,' said Foster. 'We have a lot of talent and experience, both on offense and defense, and I want to do my part to make next season a special one.

'As a senior, I want to do everything I can to help my team win. We have a large group of seniors and we want our final year to be one that everyone will remember.'

'I said last year that DeShaun is as talented as any running back in the nation and I feel very strongly about that,' said head coach Bob Toledo. 'He is the cornerstone of our offense. He has great speed and vision, and is just as effective in the fourth quarter as he is in the first quarter. He also proved he is a tough competitor, playing the second half of the season with a broken bone in his hand.

'DeShaun is good person and a great team leader. We are thrilled that he will be a Bruin in 2001.'

During the 2000 season, Foster rushed for 1,037 yards despite breaking a bone in his right hand in the fifth game of the year and missing one and one-half games. That total ranks 13th on UCLA's single-season list. He also scored 13 touchdowns (12 rushing) a total surpassed only seven times in school history. His 269 rushing attempts rank third on that list.

Foster was at his best in the opener against Alabama, rushing for 187 yards and three touchdowns on a school record-tying 42 attempts. He also rushed for 159 yards against Stanford, 140 against Fresno State, 107 versus Wisconsin in the Sun Bowl, 95 versus Michigan and 93 against Washington.

The talented tailback will enter his senior season already ranked 11th on UCLA's career rushing list with 2,085 yards and needs just 1,111 yards to move into second place. He also ranks fourth in career touchdowns (31) and ninth in career scoring (188 points).

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