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On Monday, Texas RB D'Onta Foreman revealed that his infant son died during the season.

Foreman told NFL Network that his son, D'Onta Jr., was born prematurely and died at 7 weeks old due to an intestinal infection. "I really didn't know how to feel," Foreman said. "I was like numb. I felt like something was taken away from me before I had a chance to experience it." Foreman didn't disclose the tragedy en route to his 2,028 yards and the Doak Walker Award, given to the nation's top running back. "It was just something about that game, it was like, 'I'm doing it for my son. I'm leaving it all out here,'" Foreman said.
Source: ESPN
Apr 25 - 12:42 PM

One NFL scout who spoke with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said that Texas RB D'Onta Foreman "is not a starter."

The scout compared him to a faster version of Oklahoma RB Samaje Perine. Another scout questioned the 6-foot, 234-pounder's overall on-field tenacity, saying that "he's just not an aggressive runner." The flogging did not stop there, though, as yet another evaluator said, "he can't pass-block me" while a fourth called him a "a big guy that thinks he’s a finesse running back." Ouch. While this is all pretty harsh, Foreman has performed reasonably well during the evaluating process, most notably in running a 4.45s 40-yard dash on pro day -- considerably faster than was expected. Pro Football Focus comps him to former Rams RB Steven Jackson.
Apr 20 - 7:03 PM

Texas HC Tom Herman said that there is "no way" that he is ready to name sophomore QB Shane Buechele the starter for 2017.

"Shane knows we have a lot of confidence in him, and Shane did a lot of things really well this spring," Herman said. "But to say he's won the job in 12 padded practices, when he doesn't even get hit, that would be a bit premature." The 6-foot-1, 191-pound Buechele -- who started all 12 games last season -- put up numbers in Saturday's spring game, completing 23-of-39 passes for 369 yards, two passing touchdowns, an interception and a rushing touchdown. True freshman QB Sam Ehlinger also took a significant number of snaps in the scrimmage, ultimately completing 10-of-31 passes for 148 yards and a touchdown. Herman has indicated that he does not plan on naming a starter until August camp.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 17 - 2:38 PM

Texas RB D'Onta Foreman had an official visit with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday.

With Doug Martin set to sit out the first three games of the 2017 season on a PED suspension, you can expect to hear the Bucs connected with plenty of running backs over the coming weeks. They reportedly met with Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon last week. For his part, Foreman is a likely Day 2 prospect, one whom Pro Football Focus has compared to former Los Angeles (then-St. Louis) Rams RB Steven Jackson.
Apr 11 - 7:35 PM

Texas WR Jacorey Warrick was invited to the Texans' local prospect workout on Saturday.

This is Houston doing its due diligence on a prospect who likely will be available as a UDFA. Warrick, an Academic All-Big 12 pick last year, only caught 46 career balls for 489 yards and three touchdowns.
Apr 5 - 5:51 PM

Texas sophomore OL Zach Shackelford will miss the remainder of spring practice with an ankle injury.

Shackelford injured his ankle during last Saturday's scrimmage. The 6-foot-4, 304-pounder started nine games for the Longhorns as a freshman and figure to be a mainstay along the line once more in 2017. Scout.com ranked him as the No. 6 guard prospect in the state of Texas for the 2016 cycle.
Source: 247Sports
Apr 1 - 2:06 PM

Texas junior RB Chris Warren III will miss the remainder of spring practice due to a hamstring injury.

The expected heir-apparent to D'Onta Foreman for the coming season, Warren hasn't had the best of luck on the injury front of late. A PCL injury in his right knee knocked him out of the final eight games during the past campaign. If any positive can be taken from this recent hamstring injury, it is that Warren has been able to avoid re-injuring the knee. He should be healthy and ready to roll come the start of August camp barring any sort of injury complication.
Source: 247Sports
Apr 1 - 1:41 PM

Sports Illustrated's Colin Becht writes that assuming the Longhorns receive serviceable quarterback play, Texas sophomore WR Devin Duvernay "should shine as a speedy slot option in coach Tom Herman’s offense."

Duvernay got himself on a roll early in October, notching receiving efforts of 81, 96 and 80 yards during the month. The wheels then proceeded to fall off the Texas offense. Duvernay would surpass 30 yards receiving in just one of his final five games. The 5-foot-11, 193-pounder finished the season with a 20-412-3 receiving line while posting a mouth-watering yards-per-reception mark of 20.6. Those numbers could be in for a developmental boost during the coming season, though he can only do so much if Shane Buechele struggles as he did down the 2016 stretch.
Mar 30 - 2:45 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein has not found a team "who is super excited about" Texas RB D'Onta Foreman.

Perhaps that will shift after Foreman's outstanding workout at Texas' pro day. The 235-pound running back has plenty of speed for his size, and used it to his advantage to create big plays. He dominated the five and six man boxes at Texas. However, don't expect him to run like a traditional big back, as he tends to go down easier than you would think on final contact. Still, a second to fourth round pick is possible.
Mar 29 - 11:36 AM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passes along that Texas RB D'Onta Foreman's "pass-catching really stood out in drills" on pro day.

Writes Pauline, "Foreman’s pass catching really stood out in drills as he made every catch, grabbing the ball away from his frame. There was no body catching, bobbling of the ball or double catches." In general, the 6-foot, 234-pounder turned in a strong pro day showing. He was clocked at 4.45 seconds in the 40-yard dash, with Pauline relaying that some watches timed him at a sizzling 4.42 seconds. A stress fracture in his foot prevented him from running at the Combine. As far as his draft stock, Foreman makes for an intriguing second-tier back in this class. He figures to hear his name called at some point on Day 2.
Mar 28 - 5:45 PM

Texas sophomore WR Collin Johnson has been running with the first-team offense in spring practices.

The 6-foot-6, 212-pounder had 28 catches for 315 yards and three touchdowns as a true freshman last season. A former four-star recruit, Johnson is described as a physical freak. When his game catches up to his attributes, watch out.
Source: 247 Sports
Mar 28 - 3:51 PM

At 6-foot 1/8, 234 pounds, Texas RB D'Onta Foreman posted a 33-inch vertical and a 4.45s 40 at his pro day event on Tuesday.

If you bake that forty time -- stunning for a big man -- in with his other NFL Combine testing numbers, Foreman becomes one of this class' best overall athletes. And as for that missing Combine forty? Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reported that NFL Combine doctors disallowed Foreman from running in Indianapolis due to a stress fracture in his foot. Pauline added that "several team doctors on hand thought it was no big deal" and that Foreman was "willing to sign a waiver should anything occur while he ran." The NFL's doctors remained firm and withheld him. If Tuesday is any indication, the injury is already healed.
Mar 28 - 2:54 PM

Texas redshirt sophomore QB Matthew Merrick is stepping away from the football team to focus on academics for the time being.

This is not to say that Merrick is completely done with football at Texas. According to the school, he will reevaluate his playing future at an unspecified point down the road. Rivals ranked the 6-foot-2, 197-pound dual-threat gunslinger as a three-star recruit for the 2015 cycle. After taking a freshman redshirt in 2015, he did not attempt a pass this past season.
Mar 21 - 8:49 PM

Pro Football Focus compared Texas RB D'Onta Foreman to former Los Angeles Rams RB Steven Jackson.

PFF's analysis gang notes that due to a needed adjustment in pass protection and Foreman's relative lack of experience as a receiving option, he may begin his NFL career seeing work mostly on early downs. That being said, they augment this opinion with a word of optimism, noting that if the 6-foot, 233-pounder "can be a little more physical and aggressive with the ball in his hands, he could be a highly productive runner right away." There is still work to be done by Foreman before the draft. Due to a small stress fracture in his foot, he was unable to put in a full workout at the NFL Scouting Combine. The potential Day 2 selection will try to impress on Texas' pro day come March 28.
Mar 17 - 7:53 PM

Texas HC Tom Herman says he’s never seen a 255-pound player move and bend like junior RB Chris Warren III can.

"I kind of pulled him aside during one of the workouts," Herman said, "and I said, 'You have been a very pleasant surprise. You're going to make a lot of money someday playing this position if you put your pads down and run through somebody.'" Warren shared carries with D'Onta Foreman until a season-ending PCL injury in his right knee ended his 2016 season eight games early. Now, with Foreman off to the NFL, Warren has assumed the No. 1 RB role. The 6-foot-2 Warren is a punishing bruiser who has picked up 407 of his 836 career rushing yards after first contact. New Texas RB coach Stan Drayton compared Warren to Jerome Bettis.
Source: ESPN
Mar 17 - 3:25 PM


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