|Height: 6-1 | Weight: 226 | College: Tennessee|
With the National Football League putting a greater emphasis on depth at the tailback position, the Foster's unselfishness has been duly noted by the league's general managers, but he needs to prove that he is durable enough to handle the pounding he is expected to receive at the next level.
Foster overcame 2006 health issues to re-establish himself as one of college football's most dangerous all-around backs as a junior. The Southeastern Conference active career leader in three separate offensive statistical categories, the Vols tailback had 650 carries, 2,964 net rushing yards and 3,880 all-purpose yards.
Foster ranks second in Tennessee history with 2,394 yards rushing and became the Vols' all-time leader with 650 rushing attempts. His 3,880 all-purpose yards are the third-highest career total in school annals.
At Mission Bay High School, Foster was the San Diego Union-Tribune's All-San Diego Western League Player of the Year Award and was named All-West Region by Prep Star. He added All-California Interscholastic Federation honors, as he led the nation's prep ranks with 2,500 all-purpose yards, racking up 2,093 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns while adding six scores on kickoff returns as senior in 2003. He also lettered in track and basketball.
In 2004, Foster enrolled at Tennessee, spending the season performing on the scout team. He played behind Gerald Riggs Jr. during the first part of the 2005 season, but when Riggs was injured, Foster stepped into the lineup, running for more than 100 yards in each of his five starts. His 879 yards on the ground rank fifth on the school single-season record list for freshmen, carrying 183 times and scoring five times on the ground.
The Freshman All-American second-team pick also caught 14 passes for 148 yards (10.6 avg), returned two kickoffs for 37 yards and generated 1,064 all-purpose yards that year. More that 25 percent of his carries produced first downs (46 of 183), as he converted 14 of 24 third-down snaps and added five more first downs receiving. What made these figures even more impressive was that Foster played with a torn meniscus in his left knee and a shoulder injury that required surgery after the season.
The 2006 season saw Foster limited to four starts in 11 games. He was hampered by a nagging ankle injury vs. Air Force that he tried to play with the following week vs. Florida before the coaches shut him down for two games. He ranked third on the team with 322 yards and five touchdowns on 91 attempts (3.5 avg). He grabbed 11 passes for 88 yards (8.0 avg) and returned two kickoffs for 20 yards.
Foster garnered All-Southeastern Conference second-team honors in 2007. He played with a left knee injury that required surgery after the season, but still piled up 1,193 yards on 245 chances with 12 touchdowns. His 1,650 all-purpose yards rank second on the school single-season record list, as he tallied 340 yards with a pair of scores on 39 catches (8.7 avg) and 117 yards on three kickoff returns.
Limited in 2008 spring camp while recovering from his knee surgery, Foster sported a new look in 2008, changing to jersey No. 30 from the No. 27 he wore upon arriving at Tennessee. He decided to change his jersey as a way of honoring injured teammate David Holbert, the team's senior fullback who missed his second straight season in 2008 because of separate knee injuries.
What was supposed to be Tennessee's challenge for the national title turned into a long, trying season for Foster and teammates. The tailback played in 11 games, missing the Wyoming contest with a deep thigh bruise. He was plagued by fumbles and inconsistent blocking up front, scoring just once on 131 carries for 570 yards (4.4 avg). He also saw his reception total reduced from 39 in 2007 to 19 in 2008, gaining 166 yards (8.7 avg).
Talking about his long final campaign and looking back at his decision to return to school when most thought he would declare for the 2008 NFL Draft, Foster noted, "It's human to second-guess yourself, but it doesn't get you anywhere," Foster said. "I've done it. Of course I have. I probably would have done it if I'd left anyway. But you just got to stick by your decision. You're a man, and you made a decision and you have to live with it."
Positives: Athletic build with room for additional mass. Long arms. At least adequate straight-line speed to challenge over the top. Good agility. Flashes the foot quickness and balance to be an effective route-runner. Generally reliable hands. Can extend outside of his frame and pluck the ball out of the air. Catches and quickly turns upfield for positive yardage. Good strength to run through arm tackles in the open field.
Negatives: Isn't the sum of his parts. Lacks elite top-end speed to challenge deep and the explosiveness out of his breaks to consistently gain separation. Inconsistent hands. Allows too many balls into his chest, resulting in some ugly drops. Struggled with a knee injury late in the year and had to leave the Senior Bowl practices early as the pain flared up again. Knee requires a medical check.
GENERAL REPORT: GRADE: 5.94
Body Structure: Foster is a well-built athlete with good upper body muscle definition. He has a frame that can carry at least another 10 pounds of bulk. He possesses a tight waist and hips, with muscular thighs and calves. He also has minimal body fat (5.2 percent), but might have to drop a few pounds, as he looked a bit lethargic running at 232 in 2008 (added 15 pounds during the course of the season).
Athletic Ability: Foster's additional bulk in 2008 caused him to lose that sudden initial burst and good stop-and-go action that he showed as a junior. He does do a decent job of maintaining balance and accelerates out of his breaks well. He shows good vision and change of direction agility moving around in the backfield, but might be better served lowering his pads, squaring his shoulders and trying to power through tackles, rather than try to dance around them. He shows good anticipation in the second level, but was not as quick to find the seam to break through for long runs as a senior like he did in the past. GRADE: 6.2
Football Sense: Foster is a hard working, blue collar type who is quick to digest the playbook, doing a nice job of taking those plays from the chalkboard to the field. He is a mentally tough character who will do whatever task the coaches ask. He is a quick study on the football field, picking his spots well when he sees a crease in the defensive coverage. He is an instinctive runner with the vision and intelligence to avoid when turning the corner. GRADE: 6.5
Character: Foster has had a few character issues, especially with his off-field incident in 2006, a season where he also had to battle through injury problems. He is well-liked by the staff and his teammates and brings that blue collar work ethic into the locker room, where there is no ego about him, but did let his emotions get the best of him at times in 2008, resulting in foolish penalties. He did serve a one-half game suspension after he was one of three Vols players that were arrested for disorderly conduct and underage drinking at a nightclub after the Vols' loss to LSU (11/05/06). GRADE: 4.8
Competitiveness: The Vols tailback showed in 2006 that he will play through pain. He is a mentally tough player with a high pain tolerance. He is a willing blocker and his success on special teams is because he likes his ability to be considered a jack of all-trades. While most tailbacks do not like blocking, Foster takes an aggressive approach in this area and will not back down from mixing it up with the defender. GRADE: 6.2
Work Habits: Foster is coachable and takes a lot of pride in his work. He is a good program worker who does not need to be pushed in the weight room. He is a team-first type that takes well to hard coaching. He is the type that will do the extras to improve. GRADE: 6.0
ATHLETIC REPORT: GRADE: 5.68
Initial Quickness: Foster needs more than a few steps to get into gear and reach his top speed. He is more quick than fast, but has a smooth stride that allows him to eat up yardage. He needs to attack the inside holes with better authority (likes to bounce outside) and stop dancing so much in the backfield before choosing a hole. He has the change of direction burst and balance to fluidly bounce outside, showing precise cutting ability, but lacks an efficient second gear. When he turns the corner, his balance and body control allow him to do so without having to throttle down, but he is not going to be able to explode past an opponent working on the edge. He needs to hit the hole with more authority and sometimes must to be more patient waiting for holes to develop. GRADE: 5.4
Acceleration/Burst: Foster does not have the acceleration to separate from the pack when turning the corner to get into the open. He stays low in his pads and is a deceptive runner, but lacks suddenness, as this allows defenders to chase him down once he gets into the second level. He can surprise a lethargic defender with his head and shoulder fakes. He is the type who shows good confidence in his lateral moves, fakes and agility to elude in the open, but dances around too much in the backfield when he should just be blasting through the holes and heading upfield. GRADE: 5.4
Instincts/Balance: Foster has good decision-making ability when anticipating rush lanes. When he finds the hole, he shows good bounce and cutback agility, remaining low in his pads to redirect. As a junior, he was a much more patient runner than in 2006, using his vision to see threats and play the hand that he is dealt. He uses his blocks well and does a good job of keeping his feet under him on the move. He has good avoidance skills to get to level two. He might get caught from behind at times in the open, but shows good bounce attempting to cut back. GRADE: 6.3
Inside Running: Foster shows good slide, but he needs to hit the inside seams with more authority. He tries to find that perfect holes too much, which has resulted in a high amount of negative yardage runs (caught from behind 13 times in 2008, 20 times in 2007, 12 times in 2006 and 17 times in 2005 on a total of 650 carries). He has good balance and can jump cut, but must do a better job of powering through the smaller creases (tends to run a bit upright trying to squeeze through a crowd). GRADE: 5.8
Outside Running: Foster lacks that second gear and great balance turning the corner to compensate for not having explosive speed (more quick than fast). He has shown good patience to let the toss develop, but does not have that sudden burst through the seam or ability to turn the outside corner. There is no gather in his cuts and he shows good ability to square up and drag defenders for extra yardage in the open field, but can be chased down from behind. GRADE: 5.4
Elusiveness: Foster is not the type that can create on his own, despite showing the shake to break free from the crowd. With his redirection agility, he is effective at making the jump cut, showing the vision to avoid when doing so. He has good body control and balance on the move, but must improve his leg drive to defeat arm tackles, when on the move. GRADE: 5.5
Tackle-Breaking Strength: Foster is more of a finesse-type runner than a power back, despite his size. He needs to stop dancing so much in the backfield, as he might have good weight room strength, but not enough to push the pile and get through traffic. He runs hard, with a good pad level when near contact, but needs to show better body lean in attempts to fall forward. When he gets too tall in his stance, he can get knocked back, as his base will narrow. When he keeps his pads down and runs with good lean, he can get positive yardage after initial contact. GRADE: 5.5
Tendency to Fumble: Foster has 11 fumbles on 650 career carries, with just four of those miscues resulting in turnovers. He can carry the ball in either arm and secures it well when going through traffic. Even when he puts the ball on the ground, he has the vision to locate and recover it. He can handle pitch-outs and does a nice job of extending for the ball when working out of the backfield as a receiver. GRADE: 6.2
Receiving Skills: Foster has become a decent weapon catching the ball out of the backfield, but the added weight made him look lethargic getting into his routes as a senior. He is a good hands catcher who will extend to catch outside his frame. He is used mostly on screens, but his hands are of a receiver's quality, as he can snatch, turn and accelerate without having to gather. He has not been used much on deep routes, but with his leaping ability and hands, he appears capable of combating defenders for the ball on deep patterns. GRADE: 6.3
Route Running: Foster is not used on a variety of routes, but can run flares and screens effectively. He has the deceptive speed and balance to threaten the deep secondary, but the Vols system has relegated him mostly to hot receiver and dump-off duties. When used on dump-offs or hot reads, he shows adequate leg drive and hip snap to instantly turn and head upfield after the catch. He also makes proper body adjustments to track the ball in flight. GRADE: 5.8
Blocking Ability: Foster is not used much as a lead blocker, but shows good form attacking defenders in pass protection. He is quick to locate stunts and games, even when aligned deep in the backfield. He shows good hand placement when facing up and knows how to angle in the second level when trying to cut block. He squares to the target and strikes with arms properly extended, never letting them get too far outside his frame. His hip snap lets him get out on the edge to help offensive tackles with the speedier pass rushers and he also looks to get a piece of the defender. GRADE: 6.3
Compares To: OLANDIS GARY, ex-Denver -- Like Gary, Foster would make a capable reserve, but he lacks explosiveness and there are questions about his durability, making it unlikely someone would invest in him to be their featured back. He is an effective receiver out of the backfield, but for a big player he does too much dancing around looking for the perfect hole. He just needs to realize he is not a scat back and go back to pounding the ball between the tackles or he will just be the type that needs to audition for a different team in training camp each year.
OVERALL GRADE: 5.72
--Report by Dave-Te' Thomas
Foster is the Southeastern Conference's active career leader rushing attempts (650), net rushing yards (2,964) and all-purpose yards (38804) Ranks second in school history in yards rushing, topped by Travis Henry (3,078 yards; 1997-2000) His 650 rushing attempts set the school all-time record previously held by Henry (556) His 3,880 all-purpose yards at Tennessee is the third-best career total in school history behind Stanley Morgan (4,642 yards; 1973-76) and Willie Gault (4,035; 1979-82) Foster's 1,193 yards rushing in 2007 rank ninth on the Vols' single-season record list His 1,650 all-purpose yards in 2007 is topped only by Reggie Cobb's 1,721 yards in 1987 on the school's annual record chart His 879 yards rushing in 2005 rank fifth on the Tennessee single-season record list for freshmen Ran for 100 yards in five consecutive games in 2005, tying Chuck Webb's 1989 school single-season record for freshmen His 223 yards rushing vs. Vanderbilt in 2005 rank 10th on the school's single-game game record list, and also placed him third on the Vols' freshman game-record chart behind Webb (294 yards vs. Mississippi, 1989) and Jamal Lewis (232 vs. Georgia, 1997) His 268 all-purpose yards vs. Vanderbilt in 2005 tied Gault (vs. Vanderbilt in 1981) for third on the school's single-game record list, surpassed by Gault's 273 yards vs. Auburn in 1982 and Webb's 294 vs. Mississippi in 1989 Foster's 68-yard kickoff return vs. California in 2007 was the longest by a Tennessee player since Mark Jones had an 82-yard touchdown return vs. Alabama in 2002 His 65-yard touchdown catch vs. Kentucky in 2007 was his longest reception for his career, as that 65-yard touchdown marked the first time the Vols scored on a game's first play from scrimmage since Oct. 14, 1995, at Alabama. It was then that Peyton Manning threw an 80-yard touchdown pass to Joey Kent.
The preseason All-American first-team selection struggled with injuries and poor blocking up front, finishing with 570 yards on 131 carries (4.4 avg), as he scored just once in eleven games Caught 19 passes for 166 yards (8.7 avg) and finished with 736 all-purpose yards, an average of 66.91 yards per game Switched from jersey number 27 to #30 for his senior season, honoring injured fullback David Holbert, who will sit out his second-straight season with knee problems Registered 29 first-down runs, as he converted 6 of 10 third down snaps Thirteen of his carries were for at least 10 yards, including five for 20 yards or longer Was tackled behind the line of scrimmage 13 times and stopped for no gain on 18 other rushing attempts Had 20 carries inside the red zone, including a season-high eight rushes in the season finale vs. Kentucky Eight of his receptions resulted in first downs, as he converted 3 of 9 third-down pass plays.
|2008 Game Analysis|
UCLA Foster tallied 96 yards on thirteen carries that including a pair of attempts for over 20 yards. He also caught four passes for 12 yards in a tough 27-24 loss On the team's first play from scrimmage, QB Jonathan Crompton found Foster with a 9-yard swing pass Late in the second quarter, he broke three tackles en route to a 22-yard scamper to the UCLA 45 He opened the second half with carries that totaled 7, 9 and 41 yards to the Bruins 22, but turned the ball over on a fumble during a first-and-goal snap, ending a 73-yard, 8-play series Record Watch: With his 108 all-purpose yards, Foster's career total of 3,252 yards moved him ahead of Jamal Lewis (3,161; 1997-99) and Travis Henry (3,176; 1997-2000) into fourth place on the school's all-time record list Foster's Offensive Impact: The tailback gained 96 of the team's 177 yards rushing and accounted for 108 of the team's 366 yards of total offense.
Alabama-Birmingham Foster only played through the first two series of the third quarter in a 35-3 Tennessee victory, but totaled 100 yards on only twelve carries, as six of those runs produced first downs, allowing him to set up two touchdown drives. He also snared one pass for 22 yards The first time he touched the ball, the tailback broke away from the pile for a 25-yard run to mid field during the team's first series, converting a third-and-3 snap into a 9-yard gain later in that drive Midway through the opening frame, he had a pair of 3-yard runs to the UAB 20 and then leveled linebacker Keon Harris, giving QB Jonathan Cerompton time to find Gerald Jones with a 20-yard scoring strike In the third quarter, he picked up 16 yards around the corner, caught a 22-yard screen pass from Crompton and took a handoff 31 yards to the UAB 6, where fellow tailback Montario Hardesty took the ball the final 6 yards for a touchdown to cap that 7-play, 80-yard drive Record Watch:
Foster's 122 all-purpose yards gave him 3,374 yards for his career, moving past James Stewart (3,353; 1991-94) for third on Tennessee's all-time record list The game marked his 16th consecutive start, the most by a Volunteer tailback since Jay Graham started 24-straight games from 1995-96 His 100 yards marked the eleventh time in his career that Foster rushed over the century mark in a contest Foster's Offensive Impact: The tailback gained 100 of the team's 266 yards rushing, setting up two of their five total touchdowns, as he accounted for 122 of the team's 548 yards in total offense, despite sitting out most of the second half.
Florida Foster was held to 37 yards on fourteen carries and caught two passes for 19 yards On the Vols' first drive, the tailback was charged a 15-yard penalty for shoving a Florida player. On the next play, his sub, Montario Hardesty fumbled the ball when hit after a 1-yard catch. Florida's Ryan Stamper recovered the fumble, and Jonathan Phillips kicked a 39-yard field goal Foster's Offensive Impact: The tailback gained 37 of the team's 95 yards rushing.
Auburn Auburn's anemic offense, which only produced 226 yards a week after a last-minute loss to LSU, was bailed out when they recovered a fumble in the end zone for the 14-6 lead in the second quarter after a botched handoff to Foster The Vols runner gained just 30 yards on eight attempts and had yet to find the end zone through four games Foster's Offensive Impact: The tailback gained 30 of the team's 124 yards rushing.
Northern Illinois The senior tailback generated 75 yards and five first downs on his eighteen rushing attempts Tennessee had its own clear shot at the end zone after receiving the ball on the Northern Illinois 49 in the fourth quarter. Six straight runs by Foster put the Vols on the 9, but the drive eventually stalled Foster's Offensive Impact: The tailback gained 75 of the team's 69 yards rushing.
Mississippi State Foster rushed eleven times for 40 yards and snatched one pass for 19 yards In the second quarter, he set up a Tennessee 28-yard field goals with 5, 4, 8 and 19-yard carries during that 10-play, 63-yard possession Foster's Offensive Impact: The tailback gained 40 of the team's 139 yards rushing and accounted for 59 of the team's 275 yards of total offense.
South Carolina It took nine games, but Foster finally found the end zone, scoring once on fourteen carries for 56 yards in a 27-6 loss He also pulled down three passes for 33 yards His third quarter 1-yard touchdown plunge prevented Tennessee from being shut out in a game, which had not occurred since the 1994 season Foster's Offensive Impact: The tailback gained 56 of the team's 34 yards rushing and accounted for 89 of the team's 207 yards of total offense.
Kentucky Foster closed out his career with 21 rushing attempts for 59 yards and a 17-yard reception, going home with a 28-10 win Eight of his carries came inside the red zone, resulting in three first downs, but he was also stopped for no gain on five runs and tackled for a loss twice Foster's Offensive Impact: The tailback gained 59 of the team's 210 yards rushing and accounted for 76 of the team's 311 yards of total offense.
Second-team All-Southeastern Conference pick by The NFL Draft Report, Associated Press and Rivals.com Started all fourteen games for the Vols, ranking sixth in the SEC in rushing yardage (85.21 ypg) and ninth in all-purpose yardage (117.86 ypg) Became the 13th player in school history to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season, amassing 1,193 yards with twelve touchdowns on 245 attempts (4.9 avg) His 1,193 yards rank ninth on the Tennessee single-season record list, while his 245 carries rank fourth, topped by Travis Stephens (291 in 2001), Jay Graham (272 in 1995) and Travis Henry (253 in 2000) Gained 61.31 percent of the team's yardage on the ground (Vols totaled 1,946 yards rushing) and had 63.16 percent of the squad's rushing touchdowns (Tennessee ran for 19 scores) Produced 54.87 percent of the team's first downs rushing (Vols tallied 113 first downs on carries) In addition to his twelve rushing touchdowns, he had eight other carries that set up Vols touchdown drives and six others that led to Tennessee field goals Converted 12 third-down plays and three more on fourth-down among his 62 carries for first downs Tackled behind the line of scrimmage 20 times and was stopped for no gain on 18 other rushing attempts Had positive yardage on 28 carries inside the red zone, including 15 on goal-line plays 15.1 percent of his runs (37 total) were for 10 yards or longer, including nine carries for more than 20 yards each 6.94 percent of his carries produced touchdowns It took more than one tackler to bring Foster down on 29.8 percent of his rushing attempts (73 of 245 tries) Ranked fifth on the squad with a career-high 39 receptions for 340 yards (8.7 avg) and two scores Converted three third-down catches among his 13 first-down grabs (13.3 percent of his receptions were good for first downs), as he set up three touchdown drives with key catches, in addition to coming up with two scoring snatches Caught 39 of 54 passes thrown to him, as three of those receptions were for 20 yards or longer Led the team with 1,650 all-purpose yards, the second-best season total in school history, behind Reggie Cobb's 1,721 yards in 1987 Turned the ball over once on four fumbles and also recorded a solo tackle in the Alabama clash.
|2007 Game Analysis|
California Playing back in his home state of California, the Foster family got to enjoy the Vols runner's exploits, as he collected 82 yards on 13 carries, producing four first downs and two runs of longer than 10 yards, including a 42-yarder. He also snatched three passes for 20 yards and a touchdown, adding 117 yards on three kickoff returns, with a long of 68 yards, finishing off the season opener with 226 all-purpose yards, as the team managed 382 yards in a 45-31 loss Foster got the season started by returning the game-opening kickoff 23 yards On the team's second series, he snared a 12-yard swing pass from QB Erik Ainge for a touchdown Later in the opening frame, he had a career-long 68-yard kickoff return, setting up a drive that was ended by fellow tailback Montario Hardesty's 1-yard scoring plunge He was chased down by safety Thomas DeCoud after a 42-yard run to the Cal 3, but the drive stalled, as Ainge under-threw on a fourth-and-goal to Foster early in the second quarter On the team's next drive, he ran for a 12-yard gain, caught a pass for a 15-yard pick up and blocked linebacker Anthony Felder on Ainge's third-and-5 5-yard touchdown lob to Chris Brown, ending that 11-play, 73-yard series The Vols tailback was asked by the California media after the game to compare the SEC to the Pac-10, but stated, "I don't want to get into all of that. That's not what this is all about. I can't take anything away from Cal. They played a great game tonight and they came out victorious and we didn't. They were the better team tonight and it showed." Questioned about the uncharacteristic performance of the defense, he responded, "Football is a funny game. You have good nights and you have bad nights. Our defense had a bad night out there. This is our team. Sometimes, our offense has bad nights. There are times when we can't put points on the board and they help us out. Today, we had a couple of drives where we couldn't score so there's no finger pointing. This is a team effort. We all got a `T' on our helmet." Record Watch: Foster's 68-yard kickoff return was the longest by a Tennessee player since Mark Jones had an 82-yard touchdown return vs. Alabama in 2002 Foster's Offensive Impact: The tailback gained 89 of the team's 111 yards rushing and accounted for 226 of the team's 382 yards of total offense.
Southern Mississippi Seven first downs, two touchdowns and 125 of the team's 193 rushing yards (on 23 carries) more than made up for Foster's first fumble of the season. He broke free for four long runs, setting up two series that ended with Vol field goals, as he produced positive yardage on three goal-line attempts The tailback had carries for 10, 21 and 4 yards before fumbling the ball on a 1-yard run that he quickly recovered, letting the Vols salvage some points from that 53-yard, 8-play third quarter series behind Daniel Lincoln's 36-yard field goal Foster converted a third-and-1 carry into a first down and then took a first-and-goal handoff, following left guard Anthony Parker on a 9-yard touchdown run midway through the third frame His 1-yard touchdown plunge early in the fourth quarter was set up by the tailback's 16-yard carry to the USM 3 Later in the final stanza, he had a 12-yard run, setting up a Tennessee 47-yard field goal with 6:33 left in the game After the game, Foster told the media, "The game felt good. We knew they would bring blitzes, and that it would take a while to get the running game going. The coaches came out in the second half with a good game plan. Anytime you get a turnover, it's important to capitalize on the opportunity. I'm happy for our receivers, they've played well. They've played great the last two games, and I'm proud of them." Asked about the team having four tailbacks who play, he stated, "It's great. We have four guys who can step in and get it done. (Coach Cutcliffe) does a great job scheming. It's fun being a pawn in his chess game and just doing what he wants us to do." Foster's Offensive Impact: The tailback gained 125 of the team's 193 yards rushing, scoring both of the team's touchdowns on the ground.
Florida The Florida game was the only contest that Foster did not run for a first down during 2007, as the Gators held the Vols to 37 yards rushing, 26 that was gained by the junior tailback on 21 attempts. He was stopped at the line of scrimmage on two of those carries A mid-first quarter series ended with a Tennessee punt after Foster was stopped for no gain at the Florida 42 on a third-and-1 attempt A first-and-goal run over right tackle failed to produce any yardage at the start of the second frame Late in the third quarter, Foster fumbled the ball on a 5-yard carry and Florida linebacker Dustin Doe recovered it, returning the pigskin 18 yards for a touchdown Foster's Offensive Impact: The tailback gained 26 of the team's 37 yards rushing.
Arkansas State Foster collected 57 yards and a touchdown on twelve attempts, as he was credited with six first downs and had a big carry to set up another touchdown drive
He fumbled a 3-yard pass from Erik Ainge, but quickly recovered it midway through the second quarter Late in the first half, he broke free from three defenders on a first-and-goal 5-yard touchdown run Foster set up Ainge's 24-yard scoring strike to Lucas Taylor with 14 and 3-yard rushing attempts early in the fourth quarter, pushing the Vols to a 45-27 lead Foster's Offensive Impact: The tailback gained 57 of the team's 188 yards rushing, scoring once while setting up another Tennessee touchdown to finish the day with six carries that were good for first downs.
Georgia Facing a team that experts had predicted would play for the national champion-ship, Foster quickly put an end to the Bulldogs' title hopes, guiding the Vols to a 35-14 victory, as he rushed 17 times for 98 yards and three touchdowns, delivering seven first-down carries, including conversion of a trio of third-down snaps and one more on fourth down. He had five rushing attempts inside the red zone, two coming on goal-line plays, as he also added an 11-yard reception to finish the day with 109 all-purpose yards "It was huge from a confidence standpoint and, as everybody knows, the SEC East is wide open," Foster said. "We'd had enough." Alternating between Foster and LaMarcus Coker at tail-back, Tennessee ground its way down the field on its first possession before Foster scored on a 9-yard run to give Tennessee the early lead. "I think we're very versatile," Foster said. "We can do a lot of different things. Our different stable of backs allows us to that." That 9-yard score was largely in part to Foster's 9-yard pick-up on a third-and-2 hand-off, followed by an 11-yard run, an 11-yard reception and a 7-yard carry to the UGA 9, where he then went over left guard Anthony Parker and tackle Eric Young for the 9-yard touchdown that capped a 12-play, 81-yard drive Later in the second quarter, he bounced wide with a third-and-1 snap to take off down the sidelines on a 22-yard scoring scamper
A fourth-and-1 attempt netted Foster 5 yards and a first down. He then took a third-and-2 run for 8 yards to the UGA 8, tacking on 4 more yards on his next attempt. A Georgia off-side penalty was followed by the tailback picking up the final 4 yards for another touchdown, ending a 13-play, 65-yard third quarter drive Foster's Offensive Impact: The tailback gained 98 of the team's 190 yards rushing and scored three of their four touchdowns on the ground. He also converted three third-down runs, as the team was successful in turning 7 of 14 third-down plays into first downs.
Mississippi State The Vols amassed 211 yards on the ground, with Foster responsible for 139 yards on 21 attempts with a touchdown. He had seven first-down runs, gaining over 10 yards on four runs, including a pair of 20-plus yard carries. He converted two third-down snaps, as he had big runs to set up another touchdown drive and one series that ended with a field goal A second-and-1 run for one yard and a first down, followed by a 9-yard catch to the MSU 10 set up Erik Ainge's 4-yard scoring lob to Chris Brown early in the first quarter At the start of the second half, he broke free for a 39-yard gain, one of eleven runs for the day that took more than one MSU defender to take him down. He then ended that 67-yard, 9-play drive with a 1-yard touchdown burst Later in the third quarter, his rushing attempts for 7, 4 and 11 yards set up a Tennessee 29-yard field goal Record Watch: Foster's 139 yards marked the seventh time in his career that he ran for over 100 yards in a game That yardage gave him 1,735 yards for his career, good for 17th on the school's all-time record list, passing Haskel Stanback (1,730 yards, 1971-73) Foster's Offensive Impact: The tailback gained 139 of the team's 211 yards rushing and scored their only touchdown on the ground. It took more than one defender to bring him down on eleven of his 21 carries, producing seven first downs and converting two third-down carries.
Alabama Foster ran for 91 yards on just 13 carries and gained another 74 yards on four catches, adding a solo tackle. He also became the team's active career leader with his 18th touchdown on the ground in a Tennessee uniform A pair of 15-yard carries over the right side of the line set up Foster's 2-yard touchdown burst over left tackle to end a 71-yard, 7-play first quarter series He hauled in a 53-yard flag pass from Erik Ainge, breaking three tackles to get the ball to the Alabama 1, but a 10-yard penalty for an illegal block by a Vol lineman put the ball back to the 11-yard line. The tailback then had 3 and 5-yard carries to set up Ainge's 3-yard scoring lob to Luke Stocker at the start of the second quarter At the start of the second half, he tackled Kareem Jackson at the Alabama 39, after the defender picked off an Ainge pass for a 29-yard return Record Watch: Foster's 53-yard catch was the longest reception of his career His 91 yards on the ground gave him 1,826 for his career, moving him past Tony Thompson (1,759 yards, 1986-90) for 15th on the school's all-time record list Foster's Offensive Impact: The tailback gained 91 of the team's 103 yards rushing and scored their only touchdown on the ground. He had four runs inside the red zone, including one on a goal-line play and had a reception to set up another Tennessee touchdown drive.
South Carolina Foster helped rally the Vols to a 27-24 decision, as eight times on 19 carries, it took more than one defender to bring him down, tallying 75 yards with a touchdown while catching four passes After being stopped for no gain on a rushing attempt during the game's first series and again on the final drive of the opening frame, Foster pounded in a third-and-2 carry for a 1-yard touchdown An 18-yard scamper on third-and-1 was halted by his fumble at the SC 26, but Tennessee recovered the ball, setting up Daniel Lincoln's 48-yard field goal that knotted the game at 24-24 with 0:05 left in regulation Record Watch: Foster's 75 yards on the ground gave him 1,901 for his career, moving him past Andy Kozar (1,850 yards, 1950-52), Beattie Feathers (1,888 yards, 1931-33) and Gerald Riggs Jr. (1,893 yards, 2002-05) into 13th place on the school's all-time rushing yardage list Foster's Offensive Impact: The tailback gained 75 of the team's 101 yards rushing and scored their scored the team's first touchdown for the game for the fourth time in the last seven games Six of his carries produced first downs, with four runs gaining at least 10 yards each.
Louisiana-Lafayette The Vols' 59-7 romp allowed the coaches to rest Foster for the final 20-plus minutes of the game, but before he went to the sidelines, he totaled 110 yards on 20 carries, scoring twice on the ground, as he reeled off four attempts for at least 10 yards each and had five positive carries inside the red zone, including two on goal-line plays
"It's a confidence builder anytime you can put a lot of points on the board like that," Foster said. "We have three big games left, and everybody knows we control our own destiny. South Carolina scored 21 (in the second half) last week, and when Louisiana-Lafayette scored to start the second half, we said it won't happen again." After losing a yard on the first play of the game from scrimmage. Foster took off on a 16-yard attempt around left tackle, followed by a 12-yard gain. He converted a fourth-and-1 run with a 3-yard pick-up, added an 11-yard carry and helped set up the Vols' 24-yard field goal to end a 13-play, 57-yard series At the start of the second frame, he converted a fourth-and-3 handoff into a 3-yard gain and a first down, finishing that 67-yard, 13-play drive with a 1-yard touchdown plunge On the team's next series, he broke free for a 20-yard jaunt, then went over right guard for 9 yards, setting up his second-and-goal 4-yard scoring burst that completed a 7-play, 65-yard drive After the game, Foster praised the work of the team's reshuffled offensive line that had lost All-SEC left tackle, Eric Young, to a season-ending injury. "Chris (Scott) has been there all year, Foster stated. "He's pretty solidified; it was just an adjustment from (right tackle to left tackle). Jacques (McClendon) has been getting a lot of reps already. He did well from what I saw." Record Watch: With his 100 yards rushing, Foster's career total of 2,001 yards moved him past Stanley Morgan (1,952 yards, 1973-76) for 12th place on the school's all-time rushing list. He also became the 12th player in school annals to gain over 2,000 yards rushing in a career. On reaching 2,000 career rushing yards, Foster replied, "It's a good accomplishment, I guess. You look at the records here, and the guys that did it there's a lot of talent here. I'm proud of it." Foster's Offensive Impact: The tailback gained 100 of the team's 273 yards rushing and scored two of the ground game's four touchdowns He converted two fourth-down rushing attempts and had positive yardage on five carries inside the red zone Four of his attempts were good for 10 yards or longer.
Arkansas Used to playing out of the limelight, Foster took "center stage" in the Vols' 34-13 thrashing of the Razorbacks, whose talented pair of tailbacks, Darren McFadden and Felix Jones, combined for just 120 yards on 25 carries and a fumble. The Tennessee runner picked up 83 yards on just 13 attempts (6.4 avg), electrifying the crowd in the third quarter, as he eluded a slew of Arkansas defenders on a 59-yard touchdown jaunt, the Vol's longest run from scrimmage for the 2007 season Earlier in the second quarter, his 14-yard carry helped set up a Tennessee 28-yard field goal Vols QB Erik Ainge talked about the mindset of Tennessee's running backs entering the game, "They were cranked up. Arian (Foster) never shuts up, and I've never seen him this quiet. He was really focused. That makes you feel good as a quarterback." Record Watch: Foster's 83 yards gave him 2,084 yards rushing as a Volunteer, moving past Aaron Hayden (2,061 yards, 1991-94) for 11th place on the school's career record list His 94 all-purpose yards gave Foster 2,636 for his career, moving past Thomas Woods (2,617 yards, 1986-89) for 15th on Tennessee's all-time record chart Foster's Offensive Impact: The tailback gained 83 of the team's 151 yards rushing and scored the Vols' only touchdown on the ground Three of his attempts were good for 10 yards or longer.
Vanderbilt Foster moved into the top ten on the school's all-time rushing list after gaining 106 yards on 19 attempts (5.6 avg) in a 25-24 victory, as four of his runs were good for at least 10 yards each. He set up one touchdown drive and another series that ended with a field goal on his rushing attempts and also caught three passes for 34 yards, setting up another touchdown with his aerial exploits On the game's opening drive, he had 17 and 4-yard carries to set up Erik Ainge's 6-yard scoring lob to Lucas Taylor He picked up 7 yards on the ground at the end of the third quarter and helped cap that 10-play, 72-yard series early in the fourth frame, converting a third-and-6 Ainge pass into 19 yards and a first down at the Vanderbilt 7. Ainge then hit Josh Briscoe with a 7-yard touchdown pass Late in the fourth quarter, Foster had 9, 7 and 3-yard runs into deep Vanderbilt territory, as the Vols then kicked a 33-yard game-winning field goal with 2:46 left in the game Record Watch: With 106 yards on the ground, Foster increased his Volunteer total to 2,190 yards rushing, moving ahead of Charlie Garner (2,089 yards, 1992-93) for tenth place on the school's all-time record list Foster's Offensive Impact: The tailback gained 106 of the team's 105 yards rushing and set up a pair of touchdown drives On all four of his 10-yard plus runs, Vanderbilt needed multiple defenders to bring him down.
Kentucky It took four overtime periods before the Vols could finally pull out a 52-50 win over the Wildcats, as Foster amassed 118 yards on 27 carries, producing four big runs to set up a pair of touchdowns and a field goal with his performance on the ground. He also continued his recent involvement in the passing attack, snaring a career-high nine passes for 98 yards and a touchdown, as four of those grabs were good for first downs. Both teams would combine for 14 touchdowns and 1,084 yards for the day The tailback got the scoring going on the team's game-opening drive, beating linebacker Johnny Williams to haul in a 65-yard scoring bomb from QB Erik Ainge on the first play of the game His 6 and 7-yard runs early in the second quarter gave the Vols room to kick a 45-yard field goal He set up a late third quarter 2-yard touchdown pass from Ainge to Jeff Cottam, as he reeled off 14, 3 and 1-yard carries to get the ball to the UK 2 In the first overtime frame, Foster broke free on an 8-yard carry and then took a handoff on the shotgun for a 5-yard gain on third-and-2, followed by a 2-yard catch to the UK 10, where Ainge then found Gerald Jones with a 10-yard touchdown toss Foster talked to reporters after the game about the Vols losing a big lead, stating, "We knew they (Kentucky) have an explosive offense and have great play-calling. We tried to keep running the clock and pressure them in the backfield. This was an emotional win. No one has really given us a shot all season. The backbone of this team has been heart, and Coach (Phil) Fulmer preaches that to us in the locker room. We play with heart, and we take our wins however we can get them." Record Watch: Foster's 65-yard touchdown catch was his longest reception for his career His nine receptions set a school game-record for running backs His 118 yards marked the fifth time in 2007 and the tenth time in his career that Foster rushed for over 100 yards in a contest His 65-yard touchdown catch marked the first time the Vols scored on a game's first play from scrimmage since October 14th, 1995, at Alabama. It was then that Peyton Manning threw an 80-yard touch-down pass to Joey Kent His 216 all-purpose yards gave Foster 1,498 yards for the season, moving him into tenth place on the school's single-season record list It also increased his career total to 2,992 all-purpose yards, the ninth-best total in Tennessee annals, moving past Carl Pickens (2,900 yards, 1995-98) Foster's Offensive Impact: The tailback gained 118 of the team's 123 yards rushing and hauled in a Vol game-record nine passes (for a running back). He produced four first-down runs and added four more first downs on receptions, as Kentucky needed multiple defenders to bring him down on all four of his 10-yard plus runs.
Louisiana State (Southeastern Conference Championship) The offense struggled in a 21-14 loss, as Foster was constantly swarmed by Tiger defenders, finishing with 55 yards on the ground. He dished out as much punishment as he absorbed, as it took multiple defenders to bring him down on nine of his 21 carries, adding 40 more yards on a pair of receptions A 5-yard power run up the middle to the LSU 11 was followed by QB Erik Ainge's 11-yard scoring toss to Chris Brown, ending a 6-play, 62-yard game-opening series He kept alive an early second quarter series with a 4-yard gain on a third-and-1 attempt Late in the final frame, he beat a pair of defenders to haul in a 47-yard pass from Ainge at the LSU 14, but linebacker Darry Beckwith picked off Ainge's next aerial attempt, as the Tigers then ran out the clock to hand the Vols a defeat Record Watch: Foster continued to move up in the record books, as his 55 yards rushing gave him 2,363 for his career, moving ahead of Reggie Cobb (2,360 yards, 1987-89) for eighth on the Vols' all-time list It also gave him 1,162 yards rushing for the season, moving him past Charlie Garner (1,161 in 1993) for eighth on the school's annual record chart His 95 all-purpose yards increased his 2007 total to 1,593, inching past Stanley Morgan (1,587 in 1974) for fifth on Tennessee's single-season record list His career total of 3,087 all-purpose yards moved him ahead of Johnnie Jones (3,072 yards, 1981-84) for sixth on the school's all-time record list Foster's Offensive Impact: The tailback gained 55 of the team's 94 yards rushing and he totaled 95 of the team's 343 yards of total offense It took multiple defenders to bring him down on nine of his 21 carries, producing five first-down runs while converting two third-down plays on the ground.
Wisconsin (Outback Bowl) The Vols pulled out a hard-fought 21-17 victory, as Foster was held to just 57 all-purpose yards, gaining 31 yards on 16 carries and 26 yards on four catches His early first quarter 13-yard run to the UW 3 was followed by a 3-yard touch-down run by Gerald Jones for the Vols' first touchdown of the game He later caught a third-and-6 pass for 15 yards to keep a late fourth quarter series alive Record Watch: With 31 yards rushing, Foster totaled 2,394 yards rushing as a Volunteer, moving to seventh on the school career list ahead of Curt Watson (2,364 yards, 1969-71) His 57 all-purpose yards saw him finish 2007 with 1,650 yards total, ranking second on the school single-season record list behind Reggie Cobb (1,721 in 1987) Foster's Offensive Impact: The tailback gained 31 of the team's 66 yards rushing.
Foster appeared in eleven games, starting vs. California, Air Force, South Carolina and Louisiana State at tailback Sat out the Marshall and Memphis contests and saw limited action vs. Florida after suffering a left ankle sprain in the Air Force clash Was suspended for the first half of the Arkansas game after he was involved in an off-field incident on November 5th with two other teammates Finished third on the squad with 322 yards and five touchdowns on 91 carries (3.5 avg) Accounted for 24 first-down runs, converting
2 of 3 third-down rushing attempts Had 11 rushes for over 10 yards, including three attempts for at least 20 yards Was tackled behind the line of scrimmage twelve times and stopped for no gain on five other rushes Had 15 rushing attempts for positive yardage inside the red zone, including seven on goal-line plays Caught eleven passes for 88 yards (8.0 avg), as three of his grabs produced first downs, converting two third-down receptions in the process Added 20 yards on two kickoff returns (10.0 avg) Amassed 430 all-purpose yards, an average of 39.09 yards per game.
|2006 Game Analysis|
California Foster sat out most of the fourth quarter, as the Vols rolled to a 35-18 victory in the season opener, finishing the day with 69 yards on 17 attempts while also coming up with a 4-yard reception. Three of his carries were good for first downs In the third quarter, the tailback slipped around left end for a 20-yard run. On the next snap, he chop blocked defensive tackle Brandon Mebane, giving QB Erik Ainge time to fire a 50-yard touchdown to Jayson Swain Foster's Offensive Impact: The tailback gained 69 of the team's 64 yards rushing. It took multiple Cal defenders to take him down on five of his rushing attempts.
Air Force The Vols lost starting defensive tackle Justin Harrell with an unspecified arm injury, and left the game in the first half with a sprained left ankle, totaling 22 yards on seven attempts He was gang-tackled on a 10-yard scamper midway through the first quarter, his longest run for the day His 3 and 4-yard carries placed the ball at the Air Force 4, where Erik Ainge found Robert Meachem with a 4-yard touchdown toss to cap a 74-yard, 16-play second quarter series Foster's Offensive Impact: The tailback gained 22 of the team's 79 yards rushing, producing a pair of first downs.
Florida Foster attempted to play with his ankle sprain, but after carrying twice for 2 yards late in the third quarter, he would be sidelined for the next two contests.
Marshall and Memphis Sat out both games after suffering a left ankle sprain in the first half of the Air Force contest Saw limited action late in the third quarter vs. Florida, but the injury forced the staff to shut him down for several weeks.
Georgia Foster returned from a sprained ankle to score three touchdowns, each of them with a 1-yard run. The Vols wiped out a 17-point deficit, piling up 383 yards and 27 first downs, as their tailback came off the bench to pick up 63 yards on 15 attempts, adding a 7-yard reception in a 51-33 rout of the Bulldogs With 0:50 left in the first half, he leaped over the pile for a 1-yard score that finished a 65-yard, 11-play drive He caught a 7-yard swing pass from Erik Ainge and added runs of 7 and 10 yards to set up a Tennessee 37-yard field goal late in the third frame His 8-yard run was followed by a second-and-goal 1-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter On the team's next series, he broke free for a 14-yard scamper, followed by goal-line runs of 3 and 4 yards before taking a third-and-goal handoff for his third 1-yard touchdown Record Watch: Foster's 10-yard run that set up the Vols' third quarter field goal gave him over 1,000 yards rushing for his career Foster's Offensive Impact: The tailback gained 63 of the team's 115 yards rushing, scoring three of the team's four rushing touchdowns. Eight of his runs produced first downs, as he had five carries on goal-line plays.
Alabama Foster made up for a fumble by scoring the team's game-winning touchdown with 3:28 left in a 16-13 decision. He collected 34 yards on eleven rushes and 42 yards on five receptions Foster began that game-winning series with catches of 7 and 9 yards before grabbing a third-and-1 toss from Erik Ainge for 15 yards, putting the ball at the Tide 7-yard line. Aided by a pass interference call, the Vols drove into scoring position and it appeared they might have taken the lead when Bret Smith made a catch near the goal line but landed outside the end zone. There was no TD signaled, though the officials reviewed the play to see if the ball broke the plane. After looking at a replay, they spotted the ball at the 1 for a 5-yard gain. Foster leaped over the pile on a third-and-goal snap for a 1-yard score that concluded the 9-play, 70-yard series Foster's Offensive Impact: The tailback gained 34 of the team's 53 yards rushing and scored their only touchdown on the ground.
South Carolina Foster ran for a touchdown, but managed just 28 yards on 12 carries, as he was tackled behind the line of scrimmage twice. He also made three catches for 22 yards The Vols' Jonathan Hefney had a 65-yard punt return to South Carolina's 5 in the fourth quarter and on the next play, Foster punched the ball into the end zone for a 5-yard touchdown Foster's Offensive Impact: The tailback gained 28 of the team's 71 yards rushing and scored their only touchdown on the ground.
Louisiana State Foster rushed ten times for 44 yards, but the Tigers held the Vols to 62 yards on the ground, handing Tennessee a 28-24 loss His best carry for the day was a 22-yarder to the LSU 17 late in the second quarter Foster's Offensive Impact: The tailback gained 44 of the team's 62 yards rushing and scored their only touchdown on the ground.
Arkansas Tennessee was knocked out of the SEC title picture last weekend. Hours after the loss to Louisiana State, three Tennessee players were arrested after police were called to break up a disturbance at a club. Two of them, fullback David Holbert and safety Antonio Wardlow, were suspended for the Arkansas clash and Foster was suspended for the first half, finishing with just one carry for a 1-yard gain early in the fourth quarter.
Vanderbilt Foster had just three carries, getting tackled behind the line of scrimmage on each of those rushing attempts.
Kentucky Foster was relegated to just one rushing attempt, good for a 2-yard loss, but he also returned two kickoffs for 20 yards, including a 19-yarder to start the second half.
Penn State (Outback Bowl) For the first time in two months, Foster saw extensive action for the Volunteers, gaining 65 yards on twelve carries and 13 yards on a reception, as he produced five first-down runs He had runs of 8, 4 and 8 yards late in the first quarter, but turned the ball over on a fumble, setting up a Penn State 34-yard field goal He fumbled again in the fourth quarter, with PSU's Tony Davis scooping up the ball and returning it 88 yards for a touchdown to hand Tennessee a 20-10 defeat. The Volunteers were threatening to break the 10-10 tie after Erik Ainge's 53-yard completion to Chris Brown. However, PSU linebacker Sean Lee hit Foster on the next play to force the fumble that Davis returned for his score "I was trapped under a couple of defenders, and I saw him going down the sideline," Foster said. "It made it tough to get up. It's a tough pill to swallow." Head coach Phillip Fulmer talked about the two fumbles influencing Foster's confidence, saying,
"I thought coming into the game just by what I'd seen in practice and our conversations with Arian that he'd handle himself well and he ran the ball really hard and really well and had great vision and got himself north and south. The pitch; I don't know if it was his fault or the receiver's. I really won't know until I see it. The second one, you know he has a tendency at times to carry the ball as high and tight as he's supposed to carry it. I just talked to him a little bit ago and obviously he's got his head down really, really bad right now. He's a tough guy and a good player and he'll be fine." Foster's Offensive Impact: The tailback gained 65 of the team's 83 yards rushing, but his two turnovers led to a Penn State touchdown return and a field goal. Five of his carries were good for first downs.
Foster earned Freshman All-American second-team recognition from The NFL Draft Report and Associated Press, adding honorable mention from Rivals.com He was named to the Southeastern Conference's All-Freshman Team by the league's coaches and media, adding SEC Freshman of the Week accolades vs. Kentucky The tailback started the final five games for an injured Gerald Riggs Jr., becoming the first freshman tailback to start for the Vols since Jamal Lewis in 1997 Led the team in rushing, as his 879 yards on 183 carries (4.8 avg) was the fifth-best season total by a Tennessee freshman Scored five times on the ground, compiling 46 first downs, as he converted 14 of 24 third-down carries and 1 of 4 fourth-down runs The defense needed more than one tackler to bring him down on 53 of his rushing attempts Had 20 runs for longer than 10 yards, including five for more than 20 yards each In addition to his five scores, he had big carries that set up two more touchdown drives and in five series that ended with field goals Caught 14 passes for 148 yards (10.6 avg), as five of those grabs produced first downs, converting 2 of 6 third-down tosses Three of his catches were for 20 yards or longer, as he had big grabs to set up one touchdown and two others that led to Vol field goals.
|2005 Game Analysis|
Alabama-Birmingham Foster made his collegiate debut, gaining 23 yards on five tries He was stopped at the line of scrimmage on his first career carry three minutes into the second half, but picked up 7 yards on his next attempt, followed by a third-and-3 run for 5 yards and a 10-yard scamper for a pair of first downs Foster's Offensive Impact: The tailback gained 23 of the team's 138 yards rushing, producing first downs on his final two carries.
Florida Foster followed with 11 yards on three carries His longest run was an 11-yarder that saw the tailback simply run over Ray McDonald, knocking the defender out of the game. He kept that early second quarter series alive by taking a third-and-6 screen pass for 9 yards and a first down Foster's Offensive Impact: The tailback gained 11 of the team's 66 yards rushing, producing first downs on one carries and one reception.
Louisiana State Foster did not touch the ball from the backfield, coming up with a 17-yard kickoff return early in the second quarter.
Mississippi The reserve tailback saw his most extensive action to date, carrying eleven times for 36 yards and his first career touchdown, as he also returned a kickoff 20 yards and had a 25-yard reception He was stopped for no gain on a fourth-and-1 run at the start of the fourth quarter, but converted a fourth-and-2 carry into a 6-yard gain on the next series He converted a third-and-4 attempt into 5 yards that was downed at the Ole Miss 2-yard line and capped that drive with a 1-yard touchdown run Head coach Phillip Fulmer praised Foster to the press after the game, stating, "I'm really proud of Arian. He's a good player. He needs to get a little tougher, but he's a good player." Foster's Offensive Impact: The tailback gained 36 of the team's 172 yards rushing, scoring one of the team's two touchdowns on the ground. He had four first-down runs, converting 2 of 3 third-down snaps and another on fourth down.
Georgia Foster was charged with a holding penalty on the kickoff coverage unit and ran just twice for 14 yards, adding 17 yards on two catches His 15-yard grab and 10-yard carry set up QB Rick Clausen's 24-yard scoring toss to Robert Meachem as time expired in a 27-14 loss Foster's Offensive Impact: The tailback gained 14 of the team's 50 yards rushing.
Alabama Foster delivered 53 yards on fourteen carries after replacing an injured Gerald Riggs Jr. during the game, but had a fourth quarter fumble that was the last of an array of costly mistakes for the Vols. They lost three fumbles, including a second by Gerald Riggs on their only other trip inside the 10 "We do some darn good things and then we find a way to screw it up," head coach Philip Fulmer said. "We've got two choices: We find a way to get it corrected or you give up and we're not giving up." Foster's Offensive Impact: The tailback gained 53 of the team's 109 yards rushing, producing four first downs, as he converted 2 of 3 third-down runs. The Tide needed more than one defender to tackle him on five of his rushing attempts.
South Carolina Foster earned his first career start, beginning a string of five consecutive 100-yard rushing performances. He amassed 148 yards on 25 chances with a score, as he delivered eight first-down runs, converting a trio of third-down plays. He had three runs for at least ten yards, setting up two drives that ended with field goals In the first quarter, Foster capped a 12-play, 72-yard drive with a third-and-goal 1-yard touchdown run that he set up with carries of 8, 5 and 8 yards inside the red zone He set up a Tennessee 38-yard field goal with a 14-yard run on the next series and set up a 43-yard field goal in the fourth frame with a third-and-3 carry that netted 17 yards Head coach Phillip Fulmer said after the game, "Arian (Foster) had a good game other than the fumble. I don't know what his stats were but he played well." The tailback talked to the press about his late second quarter fumble, saying, "I was just trying to make a play. Coach always tells us to keep it high and tight. On offense we had a rhythm. You go back to mistakes. Little mistakes cost us. We had ample opportunity to make plays. The coaches can only do so much. At some point we have to put it on our shoulders." Record Watch: Foster became the first freshman to start at tailback for the Vols since Jamal Lewis in 1997 He was the first freshman tailback to run for over 100 yards in a game since Chuck Webb in 1989 Foster's Offensive Impact: The tailback gained 148 of the team's 172 yards rushing, producing eight first downs, as he converted all three third-down runs. The Game-cocks needed more than one defender to tackle him on eight of his rushing attempts and he had three attempts for at least 10 yards each.
Notre Dame Foster rushed 28 times for 125 yards and a touchdown, as he had a pair of runs longer than 20 yards. He was tackled behind the line of scrimmage seven times, but the Irish needed more than one defender to tackle him on five other carries The tailback broke free from the pile to race 43 yards to the ND 11, followed by a 6-yard carry that helped set up a Tennessee 25-yard field goal late in the first quarter Late in the third frame, he ended a 55-yard, 6-play series by taking a first-and-goal handoff for a 3-yard touch-down. Video replay was used to review Foster's scoring run. The call was upheld (that the ball crossed the goal line) and the touchdown made the score 21-19 in favor of Notre Dame. Tennessee then scored on the 2-point conversion to tie the game Talking about his rushing performance after the game, Foster stated, "The offensive line did a great job today. They keep pushing and keep fighting till the game was over and I knew that I was going to make plays behind them." Record Watch: Foster's 273 yards in his first two career starts are the most by a Vol since Jamal Lewis ran for 387 yards in his first two starts in 1997 (155 yards vs. Mississippi and 232 yards vs. Georgia) His back-to-back 100-yard games mark the first time Tennessee has had a back eclipse the 100-yard rushing mark in two straight games this season Foster's Offensive Impact: The tailback gained 125 of the team's 109 yards rushing, scoring the team's only touchdown on the ground.
Memphis The "Foster Express" continued its torrid pace, as the tailback generated 132 yards on 28 attempts and 8 yards on a reception, despite playing with a left knee torn meniscus that would require arthroscopic surgery in November. He had six first downs and four runs for at least 10 yards In the fourth quarter, he had a 10-yard carry and an 8-yard reception on third-and-10 to set up a Tennessee 28-yard field goal He added 8 and 9-yard scampers before turning a third-and-27 handoff into a 21-yard run to the Memphis 17, as the Vols then booted a 34-yard field goal Record Watch: Foster's 542 yards rushing to date moved him to seventh on the school single-season record list for yards gained on the ground by a freshman, topping William Howard (452 yards in 1984) Foster's Offensive Impact: The tailback gained 132 of the team's 126 yards rushing, as he had four runs for over 10 yards and six first downs. Memphis needed more than one defender to stop Foster on eight of his rushing attempts.
Vanderbilt Knee and shoulder problems could not stop Foster and neither could the Commodore defense, as he exploded for 223 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 40 chances, coming up with ten first-down carries, as he converted three third-down snaps, had four runs for longer than 10 yards each and snared four passes for 45 yards In the first quarter, Foster broke free for a 66-yard scamper, followed by an 8-yard run to the Vanderbilt 6. On second-and-2, he took a handoff and scored from 6 yards out, gaining all 80 yards on this 3-play series He converted a third-and-4 snap into a 4-yard gain, followed by a 12-yard jaunt and a 6-yard carry to set up a 5-yard touchdown pass from Rick Clausen to Chris Hannon with 0:42 left in the first half Late in the third quarter, he snatched passes of 7 and 26 yards and then ended that series with a third-and-goal run for a 1-yard score His fourth quarter 17-yard carry to the Vanderbilt 20 helped set up Tennessee's 29-yard field goal After the game, Foster did not celebrate his performance, as he was more concerned about Tennessee's 28-24 loss, stating to the media, "We needed to step up, and we didn't. You've just got to keep working, keep your head up. We felt confident but just didn't get it done. Nobody likes to lose. No one plays for individual accolades. If you do, you're playing for the wrong reason" Asked about his 66-yard run, he said, "It was the biggest hole I've ever seen. I just ran through it. I shouldn't have been caught." Record Watch: Foster's 40 rushing attempts are the most by a Volunteer since Travis Stephens carried 41 times for 206 yards at Arkansas (9/08/01) His 223 rushing yards are the most by a Tennessee running back since Travis Stephens had 226 vs. Florida in 2001. It was also the 10th-best performance in school history, and he became just the 11th UT athlete to record a 200-yard rushing performance Foster rushed for more than 100 yards in each of his first four starts, the first freshman to do so since Chuck Webb in 1989 (five-straight starts) The last Tennessee tailback to have four straight 100-yard rushing games was Cedric Houston in 2002 Foster's 66-yard run in the first quarter was the longest play by the Vols this season and the longest since Gerald Riggs had an 80-yard gain in the 2004 SEC Championship Game vs. Auburn He finished with 268 all-purpose yards, tying him for the third-highest performance total in school history Foster's 765 yards rushing to date moved him ahead of Keith Davis (684 yards in 1985) for sixth place on the school's single-season record rushing list for freshman Foster's Offensive Impact: The tailback gained 223 of the team's 251 yards rushing, as he scored both of the Vols' touchdowns on the ground. He registered ten first downs, converting three third-down attempts and the Commodores needed more than one defender to stop him on ten of his carries.
Kentucky Shoulder surgery awaited Foster after the season finale, but he produced his fifth-straight 100-yard rushing performance, totaling 114 yards on 26 carries, with four of those attempts generating runs of 10 yards or longer. He also caught five passes for 44 yards Talking to the media after the game, Foster noted, "This was a good day. We got the win. That's the most important thing. It's always good to win the last game of any season. It gets our confidence up and gets the ball rolling for next year. You can't worry about personal statistics in a game. I just go out there and try to make the plays for my team." Record Watch: Foster joined Chuck Webb (1989) as the only Tennessee freshmen to run for over 100 yards in five-straight games. The last UT tailback to have five-straight 100-yard rushing games was Jay Graham, who hit the century mark in each of the final nine games of the 1995 season Foster's Offensive Impact: The tailback gained 114 of the team's 150 yards rushing, as he registered six first downs on the ground and one more receiving. The Wildcats needed more than one defender to stop him on nine of his carries.
2005: Ran for more than 100 yards in his final five games, despite playing with a torn meniscus in his left knee.
2006: Underwent right shoulder surgery in January to repair a loose AC joint Limited in the off-season by his 2005 left knee and 2006 shoulder surgeries Missed the second half of the Air Force game (9/09) with a left ankle sprain. Played in a few snaps the following week vs. Florida before the coaches gave him a chance to heal by sitting him out vs. Marshall (9/23) and Memphis (9/30) Saw limited action later in the year vs. Arkansas (11/11), Vanderbilt (11/18) and Kentucky (11/25) due to lingering effects of his ankle injury.
2008: Underwent January arthroscopic surgery on his left knee to repair meniscus damage Sat out the Wyoming clash (11/08) with a deep thigh bruise.
Campus: 4.52 in the 40-yard dash 2.58 20-yard dash 1.56 10-yard dash 33-inch vertical jump 9'10" broad jump Bench pressed 225 pounds 23 times 33-inch arm length 9 7/8-inch hands.
Combine: Did not participate in the workouts due to a strained right hamstring.
2006: Foster was suspended for the first half of the Arkansas game (11/11) after he was arrested on Nov. 5. Foster, fullback David Holbert and safety Antonio Wardlow were gathered with about 70 other people around Good Fellas nightclub, when police were called because of a disturbance at about 3 a.m.
Police identified some people at the scene as football players after reviewing video from police cruisers and interviewing other witnesses. Several players, numbering less than 10, left when authorities told people to leave, police spokesman Darrell DeBusk told The Associated Press. "We can't be certain" how many players were there, DeBusk said. No one else was arrested.
Police began clearing the establishment and saw Foster "pushing, yelling and cursing another male. Upon contact, the defendant had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath and stated that he was drinking alcohol prior to entering the bar," according to an affidavit filed in Knox County General Sessions Court and obtained Monday by The Associated Press. Foster was arrested, and about 10 minutes later, police found Holbert and Wardlow in an altercation with each other outside, DeBusk said.
"The defendant was yelling and attempting to fight in the parking lot and street. The defendant squared off with another male and began to throw punches," according to the affidavit. Holbert was advised of his rights and "admitted to drinking alcoholic beverages inside of Good Fellas," according to the report. Wardlow was charged with public intoxication because he had an odor of alcohol, "slurred speech and an unsteady walk," police said.
The incident happened several hours after Tennessee lost 28-24 to Louisiana State, clinching the SEC East division title for Florida. All three players were all under the age of 20, a year too young to buy alcohol legally. They were released from jail later Sunday morning on $500 bond each.
"The three young men did not leave when they should have, when asked by teammates or officers," Tennessee head coach Fulmer said. "Foster was trying to stop a silly and senseless argument between teammates, typical of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Holbert and Wardlow could have and should have avoided the confrontation." Good Fellas is now off-limits to the team, Fulmer said.
Attended Mission Bay (San Diego, Cal.) High School, playing football for head coach Dennis Pugh Named the San Diego Union-Tribune's All-San Diego Western League Player of the Year Added All-West Region honors from Prep Star and All-California Interscholastic Federation accolades, as he led the nation's prep ranks with 2,500 all-purpose yards, racking up 2,093 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns while adding six scores on kickoff returns as senior in 2003 Also lettered in track and basketball.
Philosophy major Son of Bernadette Foster Born 8/24/86 Resides in San Diego, California.
02/07/2009 - PRO POTENTIAL: RB Arian Foster -- A 1,000-yard rusher as a junior, Foster fell off badly as a senior, although shaky offensive line play didn't help. Foster can get tough yardage between the tackles and is useful as a receiver, so he might get drafted on the second day.
01/22/2009 - 2009 Senior Bowl: Tennessee running back Arian Foster, North Carolina wide receiver Brooks Foster and Georgia wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi are out with knee or ankle injuries. All three flashed in practices, but were inconsistent, and not playing for the rest of the week prevents them from impressing scouts further. And that's what this week is all about. - Chad Reuter, The SportsXchange, NFLDraftScout.com
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