Texas's Chris Warren III during pre-game warm up before playing Rice at Royal Memorial Stadium on Saturday, September 12, 2015. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Notebook: New weight fits Chris Warren well

Posted March 22nd, 2016

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Story highlights
  • Running back had gone from 235 to 255 but has lost 10 pounds during spring drills.
  • He took weightlifting seriously for first time in offseason.
  • D'Onta Foreman says he's 100 percent after surgery.

At his heaviest, Chris Warren could wear only sweatpants.

On Tuesday, the Texas running back confirmed what Charlie Strong had said weeks earlier to open spring ball — that Warren’s clothes weren’t fitting the way they once did.

Warren, who played at 235 pounds during his freshman season and shot up to 255 during offseason workouts, said the added bulk “was all in the legs.”

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Not a bad problem to have for a running back, especially one who prides himself on bowling over defensive backs.

Moving at a frenetic pace in Sterlin Gilbert’s spread offense, Warren said he has lost 10 pounds this spring and is currently checking in at 245.

“It’s all calmed down now,” Warren said.

Warren, who said he took weightlifting seriously this offseason for the first time in his life, got everyone excited when he rumbled for 276 yards against Texas Tech on Thanksgiving. With the addition of even more bulk, there’s no telling the amount of pain he’ll be able to inflict alongside another powerful back, 238-pounder D’Onta Foreman.

Is the extra size too much? Warren believes there’s plenty of dash to go with the power.

“You do whatever works for your team,” Warren said. “I feel me and D’Onta, our skill set is great enough where we can be either. More toward the big back, obviously, but I think we have a decent skill set.”

Foreman healthy: Foreman said he’s “100 percent” after undergoing surgery on his pinkie after the season. He suffered the injury in the 10th game against West Virginia and had to sit out the Texas Tech and Baylor games. In his stead, Warren set the program record for rushing yards by a freshman against Tech and then had another 100-yard game against Baylor.

Would Foreman have been able to collect the yards Warren had against Tech?

“No comment,” he joked.

Uptempo: How fast is Gilbert’s offense moving at practice?

Consider the defense’s point of view. Safety Dylan Haines said that during the first practice the offense snapped the ball 70 times in 10 minutes.

“Faster than anybody I’ve played against or practiced against,” Haines said. “That’s good if they can keep that tempo up.”

How does he get lined up in time?

“Sometimes you don’t,” Haines said. “That’s part of it. They’ve been stressing when you’re tired — those fourth and fifth plays — that’s when you got to focus on your fundamentals.”

Short yards: Texas will have its pro timing day at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Hassan Ridgeway, the lone Longhorn who participated in the NFL combine, is expected to attend. … Former UT players Brian Orakpo and Derrick Johnson took in Tuesday’s practice, which was Texas’ first since coming back from spring break.

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