Texas running back D'Onta Foreman breaks away for an 81-yard gain in the second half of the AT&T Red River Showdown between Texas and Oklahoma held at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Tx., on Saturday, October 10, 2015. (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Texas RB D’Onta Foreman’s internal fire still burns to beat OU

D'Onta still burned how Oklahoma coaches offered his brother a scholarship but passed on him

Posted October 4th, 2016

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Powerful as an elephant, Texas running back D’Onta Foreman never forgets, either.

Oklahoma offered Foreman’s twin brother, Armanti, a scholarship but passed on him when the dynamic duo electrified Texas City. D’Onta finally released some of that frustration last season against the Sooners with 117 yards, which included a game-changing 81-yard sprint.

The fire still burns, apparently.

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Texas running back D'Onta Foreman scores against California during the first half of a NCAA college football game, Saturday, September 17, 2016 at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, California. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Texas running back D’Onta Foreman scores against California during the first half of a NCAA college football game, Saturday, September 17, 2016 at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, California. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

“I have my fuel already for OU,” Foreman said after Tuesday’s practice. “It’s the same fuel as last season. It will never go away.”

To be fair, Texas offered Armanti a scholarship early and also didn’t offer D’Onta. That proved to be a wake-up call for D’Onta to get his academic house in order. Once Foreman got a better SAT score, the offers came rolling in. The Foreman brothers ultimately chose the Longhorns.

D’Onta’s 81-yard run against OU last season was such a huge moment, the brothers took a photo to a local tattoo shop. Four days after Texas’ 24-17 upset win, the two spent $150 each to get moment inked on their back for good.

This season, Foreman is back in the spotlight as UT’s starting running back. However, he’ll be without backfield mate Chris Warren III, who will miss this game with a knee injury.

Freshman Kyle Porter and redshirt freshman Tristan Houston are the top choices behind Foreman. Porter has only 15 carries this season; Houston has three.

“Kyle works hard, very hard,” Foreman said. “He’s one of the hardest working guys on our team. I was messing with him earlier today. I said, ‘You know, you’re lucky you get to play in this game. Neither Chris or I got to play in this game our freshman year.’ But I feel like he’s ready for the moment.”

Foreman also praised Houston and said, “Whoever they put in there, I trust.”

Offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert said he lumps Porter, quarterback Shane Buechele and center Zach Shackelford all together. The three freshmen simply need to “continue to grow.”

“Every game is a new experience and a new rep for them and growth for them,” Gilbert said. “We’re just trying to speed up their process and get those guys to know what they’re part is in the scheme and where they fit in.”

Foreman also said he’s feeling no lingering affects from an abdominal injury that forced him out of the Oklahoma State game. Foreman said he’s been practicing this week and will be ready for the Sooners.

“It’s feeling better, a lot better,” Foreman said. “I still don’t know exactly what it is. I have an idea maybe. But I feel a lot better once I did my rehab and stuff on it. I should be ready to go this week.”

Contact Brian Davis at 512-445-3957. Email bdavis@statesman.com.

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