Foreman headed home

D'Onta Foreman. (Will Gallagher/IT)

D’Onta Foreman. (Will Gallagher/IT)

The Texas City native is going back to Southeast Texas.

Texas RB D’Onta Foreman was selected 89th overall in the third round by the Houston Texans. The junior rushed for 2028 yards and 15 touchdowns before declaring for the draft after his junior year. He was part of UT’s Class of 2013.

Via Texas release:

Foreman is the first UT running back taken in the draft since Chris Ogbonnaya was selected by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the 2009 draft. He is the highest selected Longhorn running back since Jamaal Charles was taken in the third round of the 2008 draft by the Kansas City Chiefs.

Foreman racked up the honors in 2016, a year in which he rushed for 2,028 yards and 15 touchdowns. He was named the winner of the Doak Walker Award, given annually to college football’s best running back. He was also a consensus All-America selection, becoming the first UT running back to earn that distinction since Ricky Williams in 1998. He also became the Longhorns’ first recipient of the prestigious Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award.

A native of Texas City, Texas, Foreman entered the NFL Draft following his standout junior campaign for the Longhorns. He played in 28 career games, starting just 10 (all in 2016). He totaled 2,782 career rushing yards (ninth-most in school history) and 20 touchdowns. He totaled 15 career 100-yard rushing games, including a school-record 13 consecutive to end his UT career.

The Longhorns running back led the nation with an average of 184.4 yards per game (10th-best in NCAA history), while he finished second in school history in rushing yards (top 20 NCAA history). Foreman eclipsed the century mark in all 11 games he played in during the 2016 season, hitting the 250-yard mark on three occasions and surpassing 150 yards in seven games. He averaged 193.3 yards per game in nine conference matchups, totaling 1,740 yards and 12 touchdowns in Big 12 play.

D'Onta Foreman. (Will Gallagher/IT)

D’Onta Foreman. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Foreman began the season against No. 10 Notre Dame, making his first career start in the primetime showdown. He rushed 24 times for 131 yards and a touchdown in the double-overtime win. After sitting out a matchup against UTEP, Foreman returned to the field and rushed 21 times for 157 yards and two scores at California. In the game against the Golden Bears, Foreman became the 50th player in school history to surpass the 1,000-yard mark for his career in rushing yards.

Foreman once again surpassed 100 yards on the road at Oklahoma State to begin Big 12 action, totaling 148 yards and two touchdowns before suffering an injury in the third quarter that caused him to miss the final 20 minutes. While nursing that injury the following week, Foreman set a new career high with 159 rushing yards in the Red River Showdown at the Cotton Bowl against Oklahoma.

After totaling 136 yards against Iowa State and 124 yards at Kansas State – against a Wildcat defense that was ranked fourth nationally entering the contest – Foreman began a dominant late season stretch against Baylor. In the win over the Bears, who were ranked No.8 and previously unbeaten, Foreman rushed 32 times for 250 yards and two touchdowns. He had 100 yards by the end of the first quarter. His 250 yards were the second-most in school history against an AP ranked team.

The following week, Foreman carried the Longhorns to their only road victory of the season, rushing for 341 yards and three touchdowns (both career highs) in a 45-37 win at Texas Tech. His 341 rushing yards in the game were the third-most in school history, the most in an FBS game during the 2016 season and the most by a UT player since 1998. With that performance, Foreman became the first player at Texas since Hodges Mitchell (2000) with back-to-back 200-yard games.

Over the final three games of the season, Foreman would compile 167 yards on the ground against West Virginia, 250 yards on a school-record 51 rushing attempts at Kansas and 165 yards against TCU.

As a sophomore in 2015, Foreman played in the first 10 games before missing the final two due to injury. He finished with 681 rushing yards and had four 100-yard games. In his final two games prior to the injury, Foreman totaled 304 yards and three touchdowns. During his freshman season, Foreman saw limited action as a reserve running back and on special teams.

NFL Draft Notes
*Foreman is the 337th Longhorn selected in the NFL Draft all-time
*He is the first UT running back to be drafted since Chris Ogbonnaya was taken in the seventh round of the 2009 draft
*Foreman is the first UT player drafted by the Houston Texans since they selected DT Frank Okam in the fifth round of the 2008 draft.
*He is just the fourth Longhorn running back drafted since Ricky Williams was taken in 1999. Cedric Benson (2005), Jamaal Charles (2008) and Chris Ogbonnaya (2009) are the other three.