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Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline believes Texas RB D'Onta Foreman "does not get the credit he deserves as a pass catcher out of the backfield."

"Foreman won’t be a running back for every team, but he will play at the next level," Pauline wrote. "The Texas junior is a powerful downhill runner with surprising small-area quickness as well as a burst." As Pauline notes, Formeman's game isn't for everybody. One NFC Scouting Director told NFL.com's Lance Zierlein earlier this month that Foreman's pass protection skills were "awful."
Feb 20 - 3:47 PM

One NFC Scouting Director told NFL.com's Lance Zierlein that Texas RB D'Onta Foreman's pass protection skills are "awful."

"Our coaches won't put him out there if they think he'll get the quarterback killed," the NFL personnel man said. There will be some disagreement with this statement, as Pro Football Focus charted Foreman with zero sacks in pass protection at some point this season. The truth is somewhere in the middle, and Texas' offensive style plays a big part. Many passes were off play action and were quick throws, either outside breaking routes versus off coverage or downfield shots. Foreman's pass pro reps do not translate easily to many NFL offenses.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 20 - 11:14 AM

While appearing on a Houston radio show, Texas RB D'Onta Foreman said that he played with a broken hand during the 2016 season.

"I played during the season with a broken hand that nobody knew about. I just kept it under wraps," Foreman said. The injury failed to negatively impact his season, though, as the Longhorns standout finished out having rushed for 2,028 yards rushing and 15 touchdowns scored over the course of 11 games. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline views him as a third-round selection in this spring's draft. He has been comped to LeGarrette Blount and Jonathan Stewart.
Feb 14 - 5:00 PM

Texas RB D'Onta Foreman fumbled once out of every 74.3 times he touched the ball on offense.

Foreman is viewed as a power back who has long speed to create some long runs if he gets to the third level with momentum. For that reason, the LeGarrette Blount comparisons have already started. We saw a 6-foot-3, 247-pound running back in Derrick Henry put up great athletic testing scores, but the same is not expected with Foreman. Running backs of his size are not very common in this age of football.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 13 - 9:40 AM

Texas senior WR Jake Oliver retired from football.

Oliver is going to graduate in May. He said he wants to focus on his future. The 6-foot-3 former four-star prospect finished second on the team in receptions (33) and fifth in receiving yards (358) last season. "After giving it a lot of thought with my family, I’ve decided to forego my remaining eligibility and begin my future career path," Oliver said.
Source: ESPN
Feb 7 - 3:51 PM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell referred to Texas HC Tom Herman's first recruiting class with the Longhorns a "rough" one.

"He didn’t get the buzz a lot of people expected with the hire. He missed on [DE] Chaisson and [T] Stephan Zabie. It was a really rough transition year for him," Farrell writes. Despite finishing with Rivals' No. 31 class, the Longhorns still landed the second-best recruiting haul in the Big 12 (Oklahoma landed a top-10 class to serve as top of the pops for the conference). We would like to see what Herman can do with a full cycle at Texas before we cast too many judgments.
Source: Rivals
Feb 3 - 6:40 PM

Texas flipped three-star 2017 DT Jamari Chisholm from UCF.

Chisholm's recruitment saw a flurry of developments in the final days. Following an official visit to UCF in late January, he committed to the Knights. However, just days later, the 6-foot-5, 280-pounder has opted for HC Tom Herman and the Longhorns. He comes with an imposing physical profile, but could probably stand to add a few more pounds.
Source: Scout.com
Feb 1 - 2:22 PM

NJ.com's Mark Eckel spoke to one NFL scout who called Texas RB D'Onta Foreman "kind of just a big, slow guy."

It doesn't sound like the evaluator is impressed. Expect to read a ton of LeGarrette Blount comparisons for Foreman during the draft process. Although Blount has been awesome with the Patriots, he did struggle at times with other clubs and is not the type of runner teams tend to use when behind on the scoreboard. Foreman's production in 2016 was insane.
Source: NJ.com
Jan 30 - 11:06 AM

Texas received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 JUCO LB Gary Johnson.

Johnson took an official visit to Texas last weekend, one which helped to sway him over to HC Tom Herman's side. The 6-foot-2, 225-pounder will have three seasons to play two at Texas. Rivals ranks Johnson as the No. 4 JUCO prospect in the 2017 class, while the ESPN JC50 notes that former Alabama pledge is "a premium LB prospect with top-level speed, strength and explosiveness." Johnson is the ninth player to commit to Texas since Herman took over for Charlie Strong.
Jan 21 - 2:21 PM

Texas hired Bears RB coach Stan Drayton to serve as assistant head coach and running game coordinator.

Drayton spent the last two seasons as Bears RB coach. He helped unleash rookie back Jordan Howard (1,313 yards) on an unsuspecting NFL during the 2016 campaign. Prior to joining the Bears, Drayton was a member of Ohio State's staff from 2011-2015. While with the Buckeyes, he spent time alongside Texas HC Tom Herman. Drayton has proven success as a recruiter, including one gem which will stand on his resume for the rest of eternity. He helped to lure Ezekiel Elliott to Ohio State. With Drayton's hiring, Herman's new Longhorns staff has locked into place for 2017.
Jan 3 - 5:41 PM

ESPN's Max Olson and Adam Rittenberg report that Texas will hire Ohio State co-OC Tim Beck to serve as offensive coordinator.

For the past two seasons, Beck has served as co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Buckeyes. He actually took over those roles from Tom Herman, who (lo and behold) is now bringing Beck back into his orbit down in Austin. Prior to his stint with the Buckeyes, Beck was a long-time staffer at Nebraska. 49ers assistant Ryan Day will take over Beck's duties as Buckeyes quarterbacks coach.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 3 - 12:49 PM

Texas senior QB Tyrone Swoopes will switch to tight end for the NFL Draft.

This makes sense for Swoopes, who started his fair share of games at quarterback during his Texas career, but was used sparingly as a passer in 2016. This season, he has attempted just nine passes. Said the 6-foot-4, 243-pounder, "After the season, I spoke with some agents. They all said that [switching positions] was the right move based on everything they were hearing." Swoopes will have his first chance to show off his moves at tight end during the College Gridiron Showcase All-Star Game in January. "I have the basic technique of route-running down - I have good hands; big hands. I don't think getting the ball in them is difficult," Swoopes said.
Source: Rivals
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 12:44:00 PM

Texas received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 RB Toneil Carter.

That didn't take long. Carter decommitted from Georgia earlier on Monday, in part due to the decisions of running backs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel to return for their senior campaigns. Just hours later, the 6-foot-1, 200-pounder has opted to join new Longhorns HC Tom Herman in Austin. The 247Sports composite tabs him as the No. 7 back -- and No. 137 overall recruit -- for the 2017 cycle. ESPN's Tom Luginbill has called him a "one-cut and get North runner."
Source: 247Sports
Mon, Dec 19, 2016 05:03:00 PM

Georgia four-star 2017 verbal RB commit Toneil Carter re-opened his recruitment.

Carter took to Twitter for a lengthy explanation of the thought process behind his decommitment. Most notably, he cited "the two seniors staying," referring to Nick Chubb and Sony Michel -- both of whom have opted to return for the 2017 season rather than test draft waters. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Carter ranks as the No. 137 prospect for the 2017 cycle by 247Sports' composite.
Mon, Dec 19, 2016 12:22:00 PM

The Houston's Chronicle's Joseph Duarte reports that Houston DC Todd Orlando has accepted the same position at Texas.

Per Duarte, Orlando's three-year contract will net him $1 million annually. That salary is a fair bump up from the $526,000 he made with Houston in 2016. Under Orlando's watch this past season, the Cougars put forth a dominant run defense which surrendered just 97.92 yards on average. In terms of scoring defense, Houston allowed 22.58 points on average. Orlando has indicated that he will boot up with the Longhorns starting on Monday.
Sat, Dec 17, 2016 07:43:00 PM


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