UT running back D'Onta Foreman exits the field after fumbling the ball against Texas Tech in the second quarter at AT&T Jones Stadium in Lubbock Saturday November 5, 2016. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Not so fast Kirk Bohls, someone has put D’Onta Foreman in the Heisman race

Posted November 7th, 2016

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On Saturday against Texas Tech, junior running back D’Onta Foreman had one of the best days a Texas running back has ever had.

Considering two of the top-5 all-time leading rushers in college football played at Texas, that’s saying something. Foreman may not be on the same level as Earl Campbell, Ricky Williams or Cedric Benson, yet, but he was just nine yards shy of breaking the program’s all-time single game rushing record and is one game shy of tying Campbell’s consecutive game streak with 100 yards rushing.

But he’s barely mentioned in many postseason award races. Hookem.com’s own Kirk Bohls lamented on this after the Texas game, writing about Foreman’s Heisman chances:  “He’s good enough, deserving enough, but he likely won’t even get an invite.”

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Well, one news source, not based in Austin or Texas, is paying attention to Foreman. Fox Sports’ Stewart Mandel released his top 5 Heisman contenders Sunday, and Foreman made the list at No. 4

Here’s what he wrote:

The junior has run for 591 yards in the last two weeks alone — including 341 on 33 carries against Texas Tech — and is now the nation’s new leading rusher (180.8 yards per game).

It’s hard to argue against Mandel’s top choice, Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, who accounted for seven touchdowns against Boston College this weekend, but with a few more games left (including one against 1-8 Kansas), Foreman may be rising on Mandel’s list, and others, before the season ends.

UT running back D'Onta Foreman scores a touchdown against Texas Tech in the third quarter at AT&T Jones Stadium in Lubbock Saturday November 5, 2016. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
UT running back D’Onta Foreman scores a touchdown against Texas Tech in the third quarter at AT&T Jones Stadium in Lubbock Saturday November 5, 2016. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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