DALLAS — Soft-spoken D’Onta Foreman was just as angry as his Texas teammates about the team’s 1-4 start. Turns out this was a terrible time for Foreman to face No. 10 Oklahoma.
“When I was in high school, they didn’t offer me (a scholarship),” Foreman said. “They offered my brother. I had a lot of hostility toward them, and I wanted to go out and play good.”
D’Onta and Armanti Foreman were both out there battling the Sooners on Saturday. But it was D’Onta who made critical first-down yardage and ripped off an 81-yard run that flipped field position in UT’s 24-17 win.
The Texas coaches don’t want to admit this publicly, but Foreman is more productive than senior Johnathan Gray.
The veteran still gets a lion’s share of the workload. Against OU, Gray averaged 3.5 yards on 22 carries. Foreman, a sophomore, had only nine carries. Take out the long run, and Foreman had 36 yards on eight carries (4.5 average).
Asked how he felt before Saturday, Gray said, “Very pissed. We got called out because of our 1-4 record. Said we were soft, not tough, couldn’t fight, had no pride. We showed that today.
“Guys have a lot of pride in the locker room, have a lot of fight,” Gray added. “I know at times it doesn’t show, but today we came out and got a win.”
If Gray and Foreman can find yardage, that should make things easier for quarterback Jerrod Heard, a scrambler in his own right. Heard ran for 115 yards on 21 carries, the most important being a 14-yarder on third-and-10 late in the fourth quarter that effectively sealed victory.
If anything, Gray and Foreman could make a dangerous 1-2 punch down the stretch if the offensive line continues to play like it did against the Sooners. “They just strapped on their pads and went to work,” Gray said.
The line got through another game without tackle Kent Perkins, who was out with a knee injury. It’s unclear when he will return. The Horns rotated Marcus Hutchins and Tristan Nickelson at right tackle.
Left guard Sed Flowers said he knows Texas is better than what its 2-4 record indicates. That’s why players have been so frustrated.
“I was really frustrated with the fact that our team wasn’t playing like we can play,” Flowers said. “I know the type of guys we have, I know the team that we have. We have an amazing team. We have players all over that can make plays.”