UCLA RB coach DeShaun Foster among nine Bruins named to UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame
DeShaun Foster is going into the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame.
The former All-American running back is one of nine Bruin greats to be selected for the 2022 class, the program revealed on Wednesday. Foster was one of the most accomplished backs in school history when his UCLA career came to a close. He went on to spend seven seasons in the NFL before joining the coaching ranks. He is entering his sixth season as an assistant on the UCLA staff as the running backs coach.
From leading the @pac12 in rushing and scoring as a @UCLAFootball senior to scoring a TD in the Super Bowl two years later, @DeShaunFoster26 is no stranger to success. The latest career achievement for the Bruins’ running backs coach is UCLA Athletic Hall of Famer!#UCLAHoF2022 pic.twitter.com/nFH1M3Pdnl
— UCLA Athletics (@UCLAAthletics) July 6, 2022
Foster is joined the Hall of Fame class by softball head coach Kelly Inouye-Perez, current PGA Tour golfer Patrick Cantlay, former No. 1 overall MLB Draft selection Gerrit Cole, Olympic-gold-medal-winner Dawn Harper-Nelson, men’s soccer standout Ole Mikkelsen, and Olympians Linda Robertson Hanley and Dave Saunders. Ed Kezirian also joins the group as an Extraordinary Service honoree.
As a Bruin running back, Foster was remarkable.
He completed his career second all-time in touchdowns (44) and third all-time in rushing yards (3,194 yds). When he left Westwood, Foster’s 722 career rushing attempts were the most in school history. He was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection in both 2000 and 2001.
As a senior in 2001, he led the Pac-10 in rushing with a 138.6 yards per game average. He ran for 1,109 yards, becoming the first Bruin to reach the 1,000-yard mark in as few as seven games. Everyone remembers the Washington game on Oct. 13, when Foster exploded for a school-record 301 yards and four touchdowns against a defense that hadn’t yet allowed a rushing score on its season. He became just the third Pac-10 player, at the time, to have rushed for over 300 yards in a game.
Now, he’s helping mold another standout UCLA back in Zach Charbonnet. The 6-foot-1 Charbonnet ran for 1,137 yards and 13 touchdowns in his first season with the Bruins last fall. He earned AP Pac-12 Newcomer of the Year and a spot on the all-conference second team. Charbonnet looks to be one of the best backs in the country entering the 2022 season.