The Houston Texans didn’t shy away from adding running back depth in the 2017 NFL draft, and their selection of former Texas Longhorns star D’Onta Foreman in the third round drew plenty of attention. While Foreman only started for the Longhorns during the 2016 season, he quickly emerged as a dominant force for the team.
Let’s take a look at a few interesting facts about the newest Texans running back.
D’Onta’s Twin Brother Armanti Plays Wide Receiver for Longhorns
D’Onta has a twin brother in Armanti, who also was given a scholarship to play for the Longhorns, only he’s a wide receiver. Actually, Armanti was given his scholarship first (more on this below) and saw his production increase during the team’s 2016 campaign. After tallying just 21 combined receptions in his first two seasons, Armanti caught 34 passes for 420 yards and three scores last season.
Oh, and the two also are so close that they actually have matching back tattoos, which D’Onta posted on his Twitter.
Obviously, these two have a pretty strong relationship if they were willing to get matching tattoos.
Foreman Got His Scholarship in a Very Unique Way
In a bit of a crazy story, it wasn’t actually D’Onta that Mack Brown was after during recruitment. Instead, as Pete Mund of Heartland College Sports reported, Brown was higher on his brother. And as D’Onta explained, Texas actually told him that they would offer him a scholarship if he ran a 4.4-second 40-yard dash at the team’s summer camp.
Obviously, Foreman did just that and then wound up joining his brother on scholarship for the Longhorns. It’s probably a safe bet that even if he hadn’t run the time asked of him, that sooner than later he would have wound up getting that scholarship because he’s a pretty unique talent.
Won the 2016 Doak Walker Award (Nation’s Best RB)
Foreman received one of the highest honors in college football for his impressive 2016 campaign. He won the Doak Walker Award, which is given the top running back at the collegiate level. He joins a recent group that includes Derrick Henry and Melvin Gordon who most recently won the award, and although he had plenty of competition at running back last year, Foreman took home the crown.
Interestingly, Foreman was snubbed of a Heisman invite, though, which was also surprising due to the fact that he led the nation in rushing last season. Even D’Onta’s father, Derrick responded to that with an interesting tweet comparing his numbers to running backs who have won the Heisman.
It is pretty hard to argue that Foreman didn’t at least warrant an invite as a finalist for the major award.
Foreman Was Arrested for Weapon and Marijuana Possession
In July of 2017, Foreman was arrested for unlawful carrying of weapons and possession of marijuana, according to the University of Texas Police Department (via NFL.com’s Max Meyer). But as Foreman’s attorney pointed out, Foreman told the officer that he had a handgun when he was pulled over, and it was legal as well as registered in his name.
Finally, one of the passengers in the car with Foreman was in possession of the marijuana, and his attorney pointed out that he was willing to submit a urinalysis to confirm that he did not use the marijuana. From there, Mark Berman of FOX 26 reported that Foreman’s drug test was indeed negative.
First Longhorns RB to Rush for 1,000 Yards in a Season Since Jamaal Charles
The Longhorns suffered a pretty brutal drought it seems in turns of bolstering their rushing attack. It hadn’t been since the 2007 season that a Texas running back had tallied 1,000-plus yards on the ground when Jamaal Charles went for 1,619 yards.
By ripping off a superb 2,028 yards and 15 touchdowns during his final season with the Longhorns, Foreman ended the drought in 2016. He averaged 6.3 yards per carry as well, and after such a strong junior season, it was no surprise that he opted to enter the NFL draft a year early.