What Should Have Been: DeShaun Foster and the 2001 Heisman
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Before Chianti Dan set us out on our decade of mediocrity, wandering the desert of the college football world, UCLA football reigned supreme, not only in the City of Angels, but on the West Coast as a whole. It was 1998 and the undefeated Blue and Gold were marching toward the inaugural BCS national championship game and a matchup against Tee Martin, Jamal Lewis, and the #1-ranked Tennessee Volunteers. Led by Cade McNown, the Bruins featured a fearsome young one-two punch in the backfield, led by sophomore Jermaine Lewis (503 yards rushing, 4.2 yards per rush, 11 rushing TDs) and freshman DeShaun Foster (635 yards rushing, 5.5 yards per rush, 12 total TDs).
And, as we all know, that came to a crashing halt in Miami on December 5, 1998, as the 10-0 and #3-ranked Bruins fell to Edgerrin James and the Hurricanes, 49-45. And, as we all know, it was a loss that UCLA football has yet to recover from.
But, the 2001 season had the promise to change that, to bring UCLA out of t
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