BY Steve Rudman 07:01PM 04/29/2011

Buccaneers select UW’s Mason Foster

Washington’s Mason Foster goes to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers late in the third round of Friday’s National Football League Draft.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected ex-Washington linebacker Mason Foster in the third round of the NFL Draft / Drew Sellers, Sportspress Northwest

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected former University of Washington linebacker Mason Foster in the third round (84th overall) of the National Football League Draft. Foster became the second ex-Husky selected in 2011, following Jake Locker, picked in the first round (eighth overall) by the Tennessee Titans on Thursday.

This is the second consecutive year that Washington has had a linebacker taken in the Draft. Last year, Donald Butler went to San Diego in the third round (79th overall). Butler did not stick with the Chargers and did not play in the NFl in 2010.

An Associated Press third-team All-Amercan and a first-team All-Pac-10 choice in 2010, Foster played and started in all 13 UW games at outside linebacker, finishing the regular season as the leading tackler in the conference and No. 2 in the nation at 12.58 per game.

His 163 tackles were the most by a Pac-10 player since former Husky James Clifford recorded 168 in 1989. Foster produced 378 tackles during his Washington career, the No. 8 mark in school history.

Foster reached double digits in tackles in 12 of Washington’s 13 games (nine in the other). He had a career-high 18 tackles against Stanford, including 12 solo stops. He also had 14 tackles against BYU, Nebraska (first game), Oregon, UCLA and Washington State.

Foster was named defensive MVP of the Holiday Bowl, finishing with 12 tackles, including three for loss and two sacks.

Foster won the team’s 950 KJR Most Valuable Defensive Player award at the UW’s postseason banquet.

Foster becomes the 35th linebacker selected in the draft by a National Football League team, and the eighth high-selected linebacker.

WASHINGTON’S HIGHEST-DRAFTED LINEBACKERS

Year Player Team Round Overall
1986 Joe Kelly Cin 1 11
1970 Clyde Werner KC 2 52
1979 Michael Jackson Sea 3 57
1985 Tim Meamber Minn 3 60
2004 Marquis Cooper TB 3 79
2010 Donald Butler SD 3 79
1983 Tony Caldwell LA Rai 3 82
2011 Mason Foster TB 3 84
1973 Bill Ferguson NYJ 4 90

UW LINEBACKERS SELECTED IN THE NFL DRAFT (CHRONOLOGICAL)

Year Player Team Round Pick
1965 Rick Redman Phil 10 132
1966 Fred Forsberg Den 14 121
1968 Dean Halverson LA Rams 13 351
1969 George Jugum LA Rams 15 385
1970 Clyde Werner KC 2 52
1971 Ken Lee Det 8 204
1973 Bill Ferguson NYJ 4 90
1976 Dan Lloyd NYG 6 162
1976 Paul Strohmeier Wash 10 272
1977 Charles Jackson Den 9 241
1979 Michael Jackson Sea 3 57
1982 Mark Jeru NYJ 5 135
1983 Tony Caldwell LA Rai 3 82
1983 Mark Stewart Minn 5 127
1985 Tim Meamber Minn 3 60
1985 Joe Krakoski Hou 6 153
1985 Fred Small Pitt 9 241
1986 Joe Kelly Cin 1 11
1986 Ron Hadley NYJ 5 132
1988 Tom Erlandson Buff 12 316
1989 Ricky Andrews SD 10 260
1992 Donald Jones NO 9 245
1992 Brett Collins GB 12 314
1992 Chico Fraley Sea 12 319
1993 Jamie Fields KC 4 103
1993 Dave Hoffman Chi 6 146
1997 John Fiala Mia 6 166
1998 Jerry Jensen Car 5 136
1998 Jason Chorak StL 7 236
2000 Lester Towns Car 7 221
2001 Jeremiah Pharms Clev 5 134
2002 Hakim Akbar NE 5 163
2004 Marquis Cooper TB 3 79
2010 Donald Butler SD 3 79
2011 Mason Foster TB 3 84

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