RECENT HISTORY: RUNNING BACKS
Texas’ top rushers
The Longhorns’ leading rushers and freshmen rushers the past four years:
2013: The top running back — Malcolm Brown, 214-904-9; top freshman — Jalen Overstreet, 20-102-2
2014: The top running back — Malcolm Brown, 183-608-6; top freshman — Foreman, 15-73-0
2015: The top running back — D’Onta Foreman, 95-681-5; top freshman — Chris Warren III, 71-470-4
2016: The top running back — D’Onta Foreman, 323-2,028-15; top freshman — Kyle Porter, 46-205-0
RECENT SIGNINGS: RUNNING BACKS
The last 12 running backs signed by Texas. Numbers in parenthesis reflect that player’s star rating from 247Sports’ composite rankings:
2017: Toneil Carter, Houston Langham Creek (4). Georgia’s loss was Texas’ gain when the Bulldogs’ late decision that Carter didn’t fit into their plans led to his dropping into Tom Herman’s lap. An early enrollee, he was UT’s only scholarship running back in this year’s spring game.
2017: Daniel Young, Spring Westfield (3). A former pledge to Herman at Houston, he decommitted after Herman left to Texas and then flipped to the Longhorns right before Christmas.
2016: Kyle Porter, Katy (4). Became D’Onta Foreman’s backup when Chris Warren III was lost for the season with an injury, and ended up as the team’s third leading rusher. He had 46 carries. He averaged 1,634 yards and 25 touchdowns in his final three high school seasons.
2015: Chris Warren III, Rockwall (4). Started slow, but came on strong his freshman season, including a UT-record 276-yard night against Texas Tech on Thanksgiving. Played in only four games in 2016, however, and missed this spring.
2015: Kirk Johnson, San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian (3). The younger brother of 2016 wide receiver signee Collin Johnson, Kirk had minimal impact as a freshman — 8 carries, 44 yards — and even less of an impact in 2016; he missed the season with an injury.
2015: Tristian Houston, Galena Park North Shore (3). He redshirted in 2015 and had only three carries in two games in 2016 because of an injury. Like Warren and Johnson, he missed UT’s spring workouts.
2014: Duke Catalon, Aldine Eisenhower (4). Never saw the field for the Longhorns. Catalon redshirted in 2014 and then transferred to Houston in 2015.
2014: D’Onta Foreman, Texas City (3). Talk about a storybook finish. On signing day, the thought was that Texas was more interested in his brother, Armanti, whom the Longhorns signed as a wide receiver. But D’Onta became the focal point of Texas’ rushing attack his final two years, leading the team in 2015 with 681 yards and 5 TDs, including four 100-yard games, and then won the Doak Walker Award in 2016, when he became Texas’ first 1,000-yard rusher since Jamaal Charles, its first 2,000-yard rusher since Ricky Williams and knocked Earl Campbell off the school record books with 13 straight 100-yard games. He was a third-round NFL draft pick by his hometown Houston Texans.
2012: Johnathan Gray, Aledo (5). One of two five-stars signed in 2012 (Brenham DT Malcom Brown), Gray’s career had highs and lows. He finished as UT’s 12th all-time rusher (2,607 yards), but battled Achilles injuries that robbed him of much of the 2013 and 2015 seasons. Had the ninth-best freshman season in school history, coming off a stellar prep career that saw him rush for nearly 11,000 yards and win three state championships.
2011: Malcolm Brown, Cibolo Steele (5). Like Gray, Brown was one of two five-star recruits from the 2011 class (Daingerfield LB Steve Edmond). And like Gray, Brown — the No. 2 running back prospect in the country coming out of high school — finished as one of UT’s most productive backs. Brown ended his career ranked No. 9 on Texas’ career rushing list (2,678 yards), was the Big 12’s newcomer of the year his freshman year, and started 25 games. He’s now a Los Angeles Ram.
2011: Joe Bergeron, North Mesquite (3). We’re listing Bergeron among the running backs even though he was considered a fullback on signing day. He rushed for 1,392 yards and 25 touchdowns in his three seasons at Texas, but was among Charlie Strong’s first-year program purge in 2014 and ended up playing at Texas A&M-Commerce.
2010: Traylon Shead, Cayuga (4). Remember the “Cayuga Comet?” Shead finished his career at Class A Cayuga as the state’s all-time leader in touchdowns (141) and second in career rushing yards (10,291), but that prep success never translated over into success as a Longhorn. He redshirted in 2010, then went through 2011 without a single carry. He ended up transferring to Navarro College in 2012 and finished up at SMU.
Note: Daje Johnson (2012) and Jalen Overstreet (2012) were athletes who ended up playing some running back. Johnson finished his career primarily as a receiver and returner; Overstreet, a quarterback in high school, was moved to running back before leaving the program in 2014.
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