Card: Panini Contenders 2017
Acquired: 2017, Box Breaker
Tony Conner played strong safety for Ole Miss. He had standout years as a Freshman and as a Sophomore, earning Freshman All-American Honors. After starting 28 consecutive games for the Rebels, Conner had a knee injury and two surgeries that limited he to five games in his junior season. Tony rebounded in 2016 and started all 12 games for Ole Miss as a senior. An in the box safety who is a good tackler and run supporter, Tony had only two interceptions and 13 pass breakups over his career at Ole Miss. He went unselected during the 2017 NFL Draft.
Tony was given a tryout at minicamp by the 49ers and the team moved him to linebacker. He was invited to camp after that but did not make the squad. Tony might make a nice fit for one of the new spring leagues picking up steam in the next two years- as at this time he is a free agent.
Cards: Playoff Contenders 2005, Leaf Rookies & Stars 2005 Longevity
Acquired: TTM 2017, C/o UCLA
Sent: 8/29 Received: 9/17 (18 days)
I remember DeShaun Foster playing for UCLA back in I think it was 1998. The University of Texas was beginning to feel its oats again, and big things were expected out of the Longhorns that year. UCLA was the home opener- and well, Foster and the Bruins blew the doors off of UT. Over his 4 years in LA, DeShaun rushed 696 times for 3087 yards and 39 TDs.
He’d be selected in the 2nd round of the 2002 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers, but be injured during the preseason. He’d return in 2003 and be paired up in the backfield with former Redskin Stephen Davis. Davis was more of a straight ahead between the tackles back, while Foster was a slasher with good speed. It wouldn’t be until 2005 that Foster surpassed Davis in the lineup as the primary starter. Over the next 3 seasons, he’d post almost 3 identical seasons hovering between 875-900 yards rushing. He’d sign with the San Fransisco 49ers where he played a final season in 2008. Afterwards he had a tryout with the Rams but did not make the squad and opted to retire.
Foster went into coaching first as a volunteer assistant at UCLA in 2013, and then later in 2016 as the RB coach at Texas Tech. He rejoined UCLA in the same capacity in 2017, where he kindly signed these 2 cards of his in less than a month’s time.
G/Gs 79/42 Rush 927 Yds 3570 Avg 3.9 Td 11 Lg 71t
Rec 142 Yds 1129 Avg 8.0 Td 5 Lg 47
Card: Sage 2017
Acquired: 2017, Box Breaker
Solomon Thomas played for the Stanford Cardinal and is considered a blue chip prospect in the 2017 NFL Draft. A two year starter at strongside defensive end, he recorded 98 total tackles, 24.5 tackles for losses, 12 sacks, and 4 fumble recoveries. Well conditioned, teams raved about his sideline to sideline impact, and likened him to Justin Smith. The feeling is that the sky is the limit for Solomon as he grows into his full potential in the pros. It was expected that Thomas would not make it out of the top 10 in the 2017 NFL Draft.
The draft opened as expected, but the Bears traded up with the 49ers one slot to grab Mitch Trubisky in a stunner move, and handing SF a few picks in the process. It is unknown if the ‘9ers coveted Trubisky at all, but they quickly then turned around with the 3rd overall pick and selected Thomas where it is expected that Solomon will contribute early in his career with the team.