DeShaun Foster Q&A

Sept. 28, 2001

By Dominick Vicente, UCLA Sports Information

Senior tailback DeShaun Foster is no stranger to success. After establishing himself as one of California's greatest prep football players, Foster easily made the transition to UCLA, replacing many long-time true freshman records. Hindered by injuries his sophomore and junior seasons, DeShaun's contributions were still abundant. In his final season with UCLA, DeShaun teems with brilliance, experience, and leadership. With a determined attitude and firm set of personal goals, Heisman Trophy candidate Deshaun Foster is certain to shine, concluding his UCLA career with a memorable ending.

Why did you choose to attend UCLA?
I chose to attend UCLA because it is a great school, offering tremendous opportunity both in academics and athletics. I also wanted to stay in California because it's nice to stay close to home. It was just a great fit.

What do you feel your role is on the offense?
My role on the offense is to be a leader by keeping the running game solid. If I move the ball and get some yardage, not only will I help open up for the pass, but I will also show leadership by being an effective tailback.

What are your personal goals for this season?
I'm aiming for at least 150 yards a game and just a win for the team, but both of these goals can't be accomplished without my teammates' help.

What separates this season from your previous three?
It's mainly that I'm older now and I bring with me more experience. I'm a senior now and the team looks to the seniors for leadership. The level of expectation is greater, and my career at UCLA is coming to a close.

How has the surgery on your finger affected your playing?
It really hasn't been affecting me at all. The doctors did a really good job on my hand, allowing me to perform just as well as I used to.

Who most influenced your life?
Well, of course my family plays a significant role in my life, and they truly are my greatest influence. Family is always first, but outside the home, I look up to my roommate and teammate, Bryan Fletcher. We're really close, and living together, along with his positive attitude, makes him a great influence.

Who most influenced your style of play?
My style of play most likely comes from a combination of people, but I mostly try to have my own style.

What was most difficult about your transition from playing in high school to competing in college?
I had to get accustomed to pass blocking and reading the defense because I really never did that in high school. It was mostly just picking up the new system and making the proper adjustments.

How have you been able to balance football with academics?
I feel that I have done a great job with that. School has been a big part of my life, and I attack that just like I attack football. I just try to stay focused on both sides.

What was your most interesting class at UCLA?
My most interesting class at UCLA was History 8A with Professor Terraciano. I'm a history major and Professor Terraciano is an interesting person. He keeps the class focused and tries to create a genuine personal relationship with his students.

What are your plans after you finish your UCLA career?
I'd like to play football and get picked up by a team in the NFL. In general, I hope to be successful in everything I do.

What do you enjoy outside of school and football?
I spend most of my time with friends, particularly teammates Bryan Fletcher, Brian Poli-Dixon, and Marques Anderson. Other than that, I enjoy hanging out, reading, and playing video games.



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