Texas running back D’Onta Foreman became the first Longhorns running back to earn consensus All-American status since 1998 with his selection to the American Football Coaches Association’s first team Wednesday morning.
The nation’s leading rusher was the only Texas player named to the AFCA’s first or second teams.
Foreman earned four first-team distinctions from the five major publications (Associated Press, AFCA, Sporting News, Football Writers Association of America and the Walter Camp Foundation). A second-team honor from the Walter Camp Foundation kept him from reaching unanimous All-America status.
However, being a consensus All-American is no small feat. The last Longhorns runner to achieve such status was Texas running back Ricky Williams, who won the Heisman Trophy that season.
Foreman rushed for 2,028 yards despite only appearing in 11 of Texas’ 12 games. He finished his career with 13 consecutive games of at least 100 rushing yards, which is the longest such streak in school history surpassing Earl Campbell’s 11-game stretch.
He ranks second on the Texas single-season rushing list, and came nine yards away from tying Williams’ single-game record when he ran for 341 yards on 33 carries Nov. 5 at Texas Tech.
He also became just the third Texas running back to win the Doak Walker Award, given each year since 1990 to college football’s best running back.
On Nov. 30, Foreman announced that he will forego his senior season to enter the 2017 NFL Draft. He’ll exit as one of just seven Texas ball carriers to achieve consensus All-American status.
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