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The Weekend’s Best – UIL State Championships

Garrett Wilson at the UIL State Championship. (Justin Wells/IT)

This past weekend was my first experience covering the UIL State Championships. I had attended the two 6A title games in Houston last year, but I was sitting with Eric in the stands rather than up in the booth. This year, I made the trek to AT&T Stadium to see the best of the state face off. There were a few blowouts, a few great games and a lot of D1 talent on the field. Here’s the best of what I saw this past weekend.

Foreman to forego senior season, enter NFL Draft

D'Onta Foreman. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Junior running back D’Onta Foreman will forego his senior season and enter the 2017 NFL Draft, Foreman told reporters on Wednesday. Foreman, a Doak Walker Award finalist, Heisman candidate and holder of the Texas record for most consecutive games played with over 100 rushing yards leaves Texas after rushing for 2782 yards and 20 touchdowns in three seasons, including rushing for 2028 yards in 11 games during his junior season.

Mavericks handle Texas, 72-61 + Preston’s game thoughts

Shaka Smart giving orders against UTA (Will Gallagher/IT)

Following two challenging games in Brooklyn against Northwestern and Colorado, Shaka Smart’s young Longhorn basketball team had a chance to come home and get things back on the right track against a quality opponent in the UT-Arlington Mavericks. Instead, a contingent of traveling Maverick students in the upper deck were able to leave the game yelling “this is our house.”

Jayhawks rally to defeat Longhorns in overtime, 24-21

D'Onta Foreman. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Lawrence, Kansas presented multiple opportunities for the Texas Longhorns. It could have given the team a chance to get bowl eligible with a win against Kansas after missing a bowl game last year. It could have given the team momentum heading into TCU. It could have given head coach Charlie Strong a stronger argument to return to coach a fourth year at Texas.

Instead, Lawrence became a nightmare zone.