Texas Longhorns’ running back D’Onta Foreman will forgo his senior season of collegiate football in order throw his hat into the ring as a NFL prospect, he announced on Wednesday.
Foreman burst onto the scene this season and the recognition increased in November when he broke former Longhorns’ running back Earl Campbell’s school record for consecutive games with 100 yards or more on the ground.
Texas isn’t bowl eligible but Foreman was the brightest spot on offense. He surpassed the 2,000-yard rushing mark (2,028) and crossed the pylon 15 times for an underwhelming Texas team. He also caught seven passes for 75 yards. Perhaps this season was to be expected from the Texas City native. Despite a limited role in which he toted the rock 92 times as a sophomore in 2015, Foreman averaged 7.2 yards per carry.
This time around was the true coming-out party and his size, athleticism and statistics are enough for scouts to take notice.
“Foreman’s stock has exploded this season,” ESPN’s Todd McShay told Newsday in early November. “He ranks first in the FBS with 179.2 rushing yards per game. At 6-1 and 249 pounds, Foreman is a load to bring down, and he has really good feet for his size. Creating a ton of yards after contact each week, he doesn’t get tackled in the backfield very often. And as a bonus, Foreman is excellent in pass protection.”
Other backs such as Leonard Fournette (LSU) and Dalvin Cook (Florida State) are garnering attention as top names in the backfield as well. As to which teams may be alluring at the next level, Foreman had a pretty cut-and-dried response:
Texas RB D'Onta Foreman's response when asked which team is his dream NFL franchise: "To be honest, anybody who wants to give me some money"
— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) November 30, 2016