UCLA names former Bruin standout DeShaun Foster as head coach

After interviewing a handful of candidates, the UCLA Bruins have found their next head coach. Former Bruin standout and NFL running back DeShaun Foster will lead the Bruins into the Big Ten era, replacing Chip Kelly who left the program on Friday to be the offensive coordinator at Ohio State.

The 44-year old Foster placed for UCLA between 1998 and 2002 before being a second-round draft pick of the Carolina Panthers in the 2002 NFL Draft. He would spend seven seasons in the NFL with the Panthers and San Francisco 49ers. During his seven year career, he totaled 927 carries for 3,570 yards and 11 touchdowns as well as 142 receptions for 1,129 yards and five touchdowns.

The California native began his coaching career in 2013 as a student assistant with UCLA before being promoted to graduate assistant in 2014. In 2016, he spent one season at Texas Tech as the Red Raiders’ running backs coach before returning to Los Angeles a year later to take the same job with the Bruins which he held through this past season.

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