UCLA Football: A Comprehensive Year-by-Year Review of DeShaun Foster’s Running Backs from 2017 to 2023

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DeShaun Foster has reinvigorated the UCLA Football fanbase since being hired in mid-February 2024. Prospect visits have spiked and he oversaw the first player commitment early in March 2024.

It is far too early to make any judgments on the Foster era at UCLA, but he is a familiar face around Westwood. He was a running back for the Bruins from 1998-2001. When he left the school he had the third most rushing yards in school history with 3049 yards and served as the team’s running back coach from 2017-2023

In his time as coach, Foster fostered some of the best rushing attacks in school history. Let’s take a look at the running backs in each year of his UCLA coaching career.

2017: The Two-Headed Monster

NCAA Football: UCLA Football at Utah
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2018-2019: Joshua Kelley’s Improbable Rise

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2020: DeShaun Foster’s One-Two Punch

NCAA Football: California at UCLA
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2021-2022: UCLA Football’s Charbonnet Era

NCAA Football: Arizona at UCLA
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2023: Bruins Big Bruiser Backs

NCAA Football: UCLA Football at Oregon State
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