Foster, Paus Meet The Press

Shy Heisman candidate DeShaun Foster and his unofficial public relations manager, quarterback Cory Paus, answered questions Monday...

DeShaun Foster comments…

On the Heisman hype…

"When they're talking about you, they're talking about you doing good, hopefully. So the attention is good. It makes me a little bit uncomfortable. It's good, I won't let it bother me. But I'm shy. That's the thing. I'm not shy around my friends, but I tend to get shy around interviews and in front of the camera. It's good that people are taking notice. But it's not really different. A few more reporters in here, but that's about it."

On the magnitude of running for 300 yards in a game…

"It did sink in. I was talking with (Brian) Poli-Dixon justnow, and said, "Like, three hundred yards!" In our conditioning drill, it's 300 ayrds, so we were thinking about just long it is to run that. My main goal for the game was to get 200 yards. If I got 200, I knew that we'd win."

On the team receiving attention and getting hyped for a national championship run…

"We just have to try to stay focused. We have Cal this weekend. We have to focus on Cal. They beat us last year in overtime and the year before. We know it's going to be harder from this time on. More and more people will be trying to knock you off. It's just the same thing – you have to show up each week if you're going to get where you're going to get. If you don't even beat a team by enough, people will talk. So we have to stay focused and play our game."

On now watching other teams that UCLA is vying for in terms of the national championship…

"We look at the teams on our schedule and the teams ahead of us in the rankings. We were getting calls when Florida lost. But we just know that we have to stay focused. We'll watch the other games but say focused."

On how well the offensive line is playing…

"If you look at those two runs, the 65-yarder and the 92-yarder, I didn't get touched. I was in the secondary the whole game. When they're doing stuff like that, it's them. I'm breaking safety and corner tackles. They had a great game. Cory and I are going to take the offensive line out."

On thanking fullback Ed Ieremia-Stansbury on a block…

"I did it to let him know it was a good block. Ed is in there, he does all the hard work for me. I came around the corner and saw his block and I got that corner. He takes pride in what he does, so I wanted him to know it's not unnoticed."


Quarterback Cory Paus comments…

On the national attention…

"It seems like we've been getting a lot of national attention lately, It's kind of nice. I think deservedly so. I was amazed. I went home and watched some games and Sports Center came on and we were the third feature. Major league baseball, playoffs from both leagues and then us. So I thought that was pretty cool. Because my family lives in Chicago, and my girlfriend's family lives right outside New York City, I hear about the news back there. They're obviously huge UCLA fans, and they tell me what they hear and see. And they say we don't get a lot of exposure out there. Especially in the midwest. That's why I was surprised. It seems it's getting better and better each week."

On whether DeShaun Foster surprises him…

"He doesn't surprise me. I came in with him, same class, and we've been able to play, starting for three years. I played with him a lot. He's something. He just very hard to tackle."

On what advice he would give Foster dealing with the press…

"I could be his p.r. guy, I know that. That would be my best advice for him. Every since I've known him he's been a little shy. But we get a long really well. We have a good relationship."

On playing against his old offensive coordinator, Al Borges…

"Two weeks in a row I have someone on the other side of the field I'm pretty close to. It will be a little weird. Hopefully he won't have the secret weapon of how to shut me down or something.

"I felt always that Coach Borges wouldn't be here by the time I left. Every year it seemed he was interviewing for NFL jobs and good recognition. It wasn't any surprise.

"We were pretty close. He recruited me. I really didn't think about coming to UCLA at all. A friend of mine said, "What about UCLA?" and I said, "Yeah, sure. What, are you crazy?" He then made a highlight tape and he sent it to UCLA. Coach Borges called him two weeks later and left a message on his answering machine. My friend calls me back and tells me to call his answering machine and hit the code and sure enough, Coach Borges said he was going to offer a scholarship and a month later I was committed."

On getting up for 0-5 Cal…

"Cal has beaten us the last two years, last year in three overtimes, and they haven't won a game and are looking for their first win, so it's going to an extremely important game, for all those reasons. When you're playing like we're playing, you're undefeated and ranked high, you have to look at it that every game is the biggest game."

On his performance against Washington…

"Actually, myself, obviously not statistically, but I thought I played my best game this year. Without some drops, I could have completed 60% of my passes and had a touchdown. I think I did whatever I could have done, whatever I was given the opportunity to do. I did what I was supposed to do. They blitzed and we took advantage of them a couple of times, and we didn't see that again. You have to know that DeShaun Foster is not a secret. The guy ran for 300 yards. So, we're going to run, and then I think I did what I was supposed to do."

On the missed passes…

"I think the one pass that we had on the holding penalty would have been a nice competion. The bomb I threw Tab he'd probably tell you he should have caught. That would have been a touchdown. Then the one we ran third and short, and I put the ball behind my back. I threw it a little short but he could have caught that one, too. That would have been another touchdown. He'll tell you he can make those catches. He's made tougher ones. But that's the way it happens. I'm good with it. It happens."


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