Arian Foster undergoes arthroscopic knee surgery

Tennessee tailback Arian Foster underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Friday, UT head athletic trainer Jason McVeigh said in a statement.

Foster, who rushed for 1,193 yards and 12 touchdowns this season, is expected to recover in 4-6 weeks and be ready for the start of spring practice.

The Vols begin spring workouts on March 11.

Foster announced Jan. 15 that he would return to Tennessee after receiving a second-round grade from the NFL college advisory committee.

He has played in 36 games for the Vols and ranks seventh in career rushing yards at UT, trailing Travis Henry by 684 yards.

Foster started all 14 games this past season at tailback.

Forty-Four on SEC Honor Roll: Tennessee placed 44 athletes on the SEC's fall academic honor roll, based on grades for spring, summer and fall classes.

Only athletes who competed in the fall semester – football, volleyball and soccer – are eligible.

Football placed 25 athletes on the list: Erik Ainge, Jake Brown, Wes Brown, Brad Cottam, Jeff Cottam, Morgan Cox, Jonathan Crompton, Stephen Darville, Dylan Dickey, Brent Freeman, Adam Gillem, Ryan Hill, Daniel Lincoln, Logan Love, Jerod Mayo, Jacques McClendon, Adam Myers-White, Jarod Parrish, Josh Ray, Nick Reveiz, Austin Rogers, Cody Sullins, Cory Sullins, Tyler Wolf and Casey Woods.

Thirteen women's soccer players earned honors: Melissa Amado, Molly Baird, Ali Christoph, Kristen Doukakis, Jordan Falcusan, Sarah Jackyra, Jaimel Johnson, Sarah Kitchin, Emily Redberg, Kylee Rossi, Sarah Van Sickle, Leslie Vineyard and Alissa VonderHaar.

Eight volleyball players were selected: Jena Berg, Carol Cheadle, Milan Clarke, Leah Hinkey, Jaye Loyd and Kylie Marshall.

Tennessee had a combined 39 men's and women's athletes on last year's honor roll.

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Comments » 17

thesavageorange writes:

I didn't know Foster was hurt.Can someone tell me what happened, and when?

utwick writes:

Another good reason that he didn't go pro. His stock would have dropped further.

volsfan90 writes:

Lets pray for two things.. 1.) All goes well with the surgery. and 2.) It shaves a few tenths off that 5 flat 40 of his.

pdhuff#552644 writes:

Get well, Foster. Have a good 2008.

I guess we now know why he didn't turn pro. Give them credit, they played this close to the vest.

VOLinDAWGland writes: was thinking the same thing, hope this little procedure speeds him up a bit.

Folks it is arthroscopic which means with today's technology that it is likely a tune-up of the miniscus or cartelage, not necessarily even an 'injury'. These types of procedures done now usually prevent bigger issues in the future. It is probably something that would have been discovered in the NFL physicals so makes sense for him to get the procedure done and return for a big season. I'd rather have them tweaking a running back's knee versus the shoulder area.

mdvol writes:

Check out the Vols #3 alumni ranking on It's and all alumni team for the Vols. Let me mention one name to them.....AL WILSON. Omar Gaither over Al Wilson??? Come on. Did they watch the Florida game in 1998??? I was there. Possibly the single game greatest performance of any Vol ever. Oh, and how about Leonard Little? He may be a felon but he and Shaun Ellis are the best pair of ends at UT. And one more, give me Peerless Price over Robert Meachem any day. Here's the link....

CoverOrange writes:

mdvol, the cfn article was on current alumni. Al Wilson didn't play this year due to recuperation from a neck injury.

Peerless played last year but ended the season on IR, also due to neck injury. Seems he should have counted though. Meachem was on IR as well. Can't explain that logic.

CoverOrange writes:

Also, forgot to add, Leonard little ended the season on IR.

gohawks1 writes:

Gotta agree with alkhall on this one - maybe the doctors inserted a compass in that knee while they were in there, so he would point North more often. Glad to have him back for another year, though.

mdvol writes:

Thanks WD40. That makes more sense. Good info!

waterskier3#226480 writes:

i know how to speed his 40 up... put the field on lifts so when tn has the ball the field tilts and they are always running downhill :):)

hopefully the new oc puts the best back on the field not the oldest.... younger guys have to be better

mdvol writes:

I swear, if Arian drove from Knoxville to Chattanooga he would go through Nashville.

TommyJack writes:

Hey, I'm not saying Foster is the second coming of Walter Payton, but you should remember that he ran behind a line that was essentially pass blockers. Hence some of the "est-west" you guys like to point out. Plus, he's from CA(?). Had he been from Murville, you guys would still be singing his praises. Picture our offense if he had gone down early in the year...Give the guy a break.

TommyJack writes:

nafslov: You'e too nice

gohawks1 writes:

During the past season I noticed that at times when Arian carried the ball, he seemed a bit tentative when hitting the lanes, where Hardesty or Coker (before the dismissal) often exploded through the line. Could that be because of the knee problem? Why didn't we hear of this during the year? I agree with pdhuff - they sure kept this story under wraps until now.

Whatever the case, I think we'll be glad he's with us next season. He'll probably turn out to be one of the premier TBs in the SEC.

VOLinDAWGland writes:

The running game has been using a lot of zone runs which requires the line and the back to all slide one direction and the back looks for a cutting lane while sliding latterly. Arian probably has been a bit tentative on committing to a cut back and once that gets fixed there's no reason why he can't look more like Terrell Davis who used to run the zone play to perfection with Denver. Terrell was not blazing fast, not overpowering big, but a good combination of size/strength and hard custs with a good burst. Hopefully the new RB coach can get Arian to read the cut lane quicker and hit it with more explosion...if so he'll be something to watch.

zjcvols#543765 writes:

I like how were saying our future career leading rusher in school history is horrible. lol. I think Foster is the best back we've had since Travis Stephens. He also protects the ball very well and catches the ball out of the backfield well. Remember in the SEC Champ. Game, he had that huge play in the 4th before EA threw his second pick. His O-Line wasn't good run blocking. I think he is a great runner who could have 1500 yards and 15 td's next year. Get well Arian

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