Hometown: Seaside, CA
Experience:2 years, Mason Foster has had an impressive start to the 2012 season, but that’s not surprising after how well he played his rookie year. After the first two games of the 2012 season, Foster leading the team in tackles. He has five tackles in Week One against the Carolina Panthers, then in Week Two against the New York Giants Foster had 13 tackles plus an interception of quarterback Eli Manning. Foster only had one interception his entire rookie season.
As a rookie, Foster played in all 16 games getting 84 tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He also did most of the play calling on defense last year. His teammates claimed he didn’t look like a rookie, but like just another veteran getting the job done with good play calling.
Foster was born and raised in Seaside, Calif. and attended Seaside High School, where in 2006 he and his team won the Central Coast Section Small-Division Football Championship. The defense allowed an average of only six points per game and posted four shutouts. Foster took over at quarterback halfway through the season and was 68-of-105 for 951 yards and 12 touchdowns passing. On defense, he recorded 158 tackles, eight sacks and five interceptions The Monterey Herald named Foster the Monterey County Play of the Year. The Salinas Californian named him the defensive player of the year and the San Jose Mercury News named him All-Central Coast Section first-team linebacker. Rivals.com ranked Foster the 68th linebacker in the country.
He played college for the Huskies at the University of Washington. As a true freshman, Foster played in all 13 games and was named the Husky Fever 12th Man of the Year. In 2008, he played in all 12 games and led the Pac-10 Conference in tackles per game and earned honorable mention All-Pac-10. He had 105 total tackles and was named Huskies’ team MVP. In 2009, Foster lead the Pac-10 in forced fumbles with six and once again earned honorable mention All-Pac-10. In his senior year, he was named captain, played in all 12 games, recorded 162 tackles, was named an All-American and took part in the 2011 Senior Bowl.
In his college career, Foster recorded a total of 378 tackles with 241 of them being solo tackles. He also had 10.5 sacks, four interceptions, and ran one back for a touchdown.
His college career, especially his impressive senior year, led to Foster being considered one of the top linebackers in the 2011 NFL Draft. Scouts said that they could see Foster being drafted in the first three rounds. Foster was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft, 84th overall.
Foster seems to be head coach Greg Schiano’s kind of player. He is a solid athlete that plays hard all the time and fits in well with the Bucs’ new defense. Expect him to continue to contribute to the Bucs success.
For more Local Football Bloggers and the latest Bucs news, see CBS Sports Tampa Bay.
Kyra Hallett is a freelance writer and a Multimedia Sports Journalist. She has experience covering Tampa Bay sports in many outlets including Examiner.com. Her dream job would be to work with the athletes and their fans. You can view some of her work at KyraHallett.com or here at Examiner.com.