LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The Football Writers Association of America's 63rd All-America Team was announced on Saturday afternoon and Rutgers junior defensive tackle Eric Foster (Homestead, Fla.) was named to the FWAA First Team All-America Defense. Foster is the first Scarlet Knight to be named a first team All-American on defense in the modern era.
The FWAA team, the second longest continuously published team in college football, has been a staple of the college football scene since 1944. And, for the third straight season, the unveiling of the team has been shown on television during a program sponsored by Cingular.
Foster was a mainstay on one of the nation's top 10 defenses the entire season. The Florida native produced 51 tackles, 13.5 for loss and six sacks from his defensive tackle position in 2006.
In Rutgers' biggest win of the season in the 28-25 victory over then third-ranked Louisville, Foster finished with seven tackles, four quarterback hurries, 0.5 sacks and a pass breakup.
Foster is the second Scarlet Knight to earn All-America honors this season. Sophomore running back Ray Rice (New Rochelle, N.Y.) was named a Second Team All-America selection by the Walter Camp Football Foundation and Rivals.com.