D'Onta Foreman (born April 24, 1996) is an American football running back for the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Texas.

 

 

High school career

Foreman attended Texas City High School in Texas City, Texas.[4] He played running back and defensive end for the Stingarees football team. During his high school football career, he rushed for 4,382 yards (8.2 YPC) with 61 touchdowns, including 2,102 yards and 31 touchdowns as a senior. Foreman committed to the University of Texas at Austin to play college football under then-head coach Charlie Strong.[5]

2010 season

As a freshman in 2010, Foreman rushed 77 times for 391 yards (5.1 YPC) and two touchdowns. He was given honorable mention for All-District 24-4A as a running back.[6]

2011 season

As a sophomore in 2011, Foreman rushed for 816 yards and 10 touchdowns on 138 carries (5.9 YPC), while catching 20 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns and returning eight kickoffs for 262 yards (32.7 YPR) and one touchdown. He was selected first-team All-District 24-4A and Special Teams Player of the Year in 2011.[6]

2012 season

As a junior in 2012, Foreman rushed 112 times for 1,073 yards (9.6 YPC) and 18 touchdowns while also tallying 40 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, one sack, and nine pressures. He helped Texas City to a 9-3 record and an appearance in the 4A DII area playoffs. Foreman was named first-team All-District 24-4A as a running back and second-team as a linebacker.[6]

2013 season

As a senior in 2013, Foreman rushed for 2,102 yards and 31 touchdowns on 202 carries (10.4 YPC). He recorded 22 tackles, including 12 tackles for loss and five sacks, five pressures, one interception and returned kickoffs. While helping lead Texas City to a 12-1 record and an appearance in the 4A DII regional playoffs in 2013, Foreman rushed for over 100 yards in all but one game, including three 200-yard contests. He earned first-team All-District 24-4A honors as both a running back and a defensive end. Foreman was named second-team 4A All-State as a running back by the Associated Press in 2013 and also shared 2013 District 24-4A MVP honors with his brother, Armanti. He participated in the 2014 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.[6]

Foreman was chosen to the Houston Chronicle's Top 100 players in the Houston area.[7] He was ranked the 67th best running back nationally and the 125th best player in the state of Texas by 247Sports.[8] Scout ranked him as the 68th best running back in the nation.[9] ESPN ranked Foreman as the 74th best running back in the country.[10] He was named the sixth best athlete recruit in the state by Dave Campbell's Texas Football Magazine.

High school statistics

 Rushing
YearAttYardsAvgTDs
2010773915.12
20111388165.910
201211210739.618
20132022,10210.431
All values sourced by the University of Texas[6]

College career

Foreman played in seven games as a true freshman at Texas in the 2014 season, rushing 15 times for 73 yards. As a sophomore in 2015, he played in 10 games missing two due to injury. He rushed for 681 yards on 95 carries with five touchdowns.[11][12] Foreman entered his junior year in 2016 as the Longhorns' starting running back.[4] On October 29, 2016, against Baylor, Foreman passed the 1,000 rushing yards for the season mark, becoming the first Texas Longhorn running back since Jamaal Charles in 2007, to do so. During this game, Foreman rushed for 250 yards on 32 carries, scoring 2 touchdowns.[4] During the game against Texas Tech on November 5, 2016 in Lubbock, Texas, Foreman ran for 341 yards on 33 carries, with three touchdowns, helping lead the Longhorns to victory. This game was Foreman's career high for the Longhorns.[15] On November 30, Foreman announced his decision to forgo his last year of eligibility and enter the 2017 NFL Draft.[4] On December 8, he was awarded the Doak Walker Award as the nation's top running back. Foreman was the recipient of the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award in recognition of his 2016 season.

College statistics

 RushingReceiving
YearTeamGPGSAttYardsAvgLongTDsRecYardsTDs
2014Texas6014745.3340170
2015Texas10-946727.19355640
2016Texas111132320286.374157750
College Totals27114312,7746.49320131460

Source:[15]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
HtWtArm lengthHand size40-yard dash10-yd split20-yd split20-ss3-coneVert jumpBroadBP
6 ft 0 in
(1.83 m)
233 lb
(106 kg)
31 38 in
(0.80 m)
10 18 in
(0.26 m)
4.45 s    33 in
(0.84 m)
 18 reps
All values from 2017 NFL Combine[4] and Texas' 2017 Pro Day.[4]

Foreman was drafted by the Houston Texans in the third round, 89th overall, in the 2017 NFL Draft.[4] He was the seventh running back to be selected in the 2017 NFL Draft.[4][4]

On September 10, 2017, in his NFL debut, Foreman had one rush for four yards in a 29–7 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.[4] In Week 2, his role in the offense expanded as he had 12 carries for 40 yards in the 13–9 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday Night Football.[5] In Week 3, against the New England Patriots, he had eight carries for 25 yards and two receptions for 65 yards in the 36–33 defeat.[5] In Week 11, Foreman had 10 carries for 65 yards and his first two career touchdowns, including a 34-yard score. However on that touchdown run, Foreman suffered a non-contact injury at the two-yard line and fell into the end zone and immediately grabbed his lower leg. It was revealed that Foreman suffered a torn Achilles and was ruled out for the rest of the season.[5] He was placed on injured reserve on November 22, 2017.[5]

Personal life

His twin brother, Armanti Foreman, also plays college football for the Texas Longhorns, as a wide receiver.[5] While attending the University of Texas, Foreman became a member of the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll in the Fall of 2014.[5] On April 24, 2017, Foreman revealed that he had been coping with his infant son's death in 2016.[5] On July 16, 2017, Foreman was arrested around 12:24 pm in Austin on charges of possession of marijuana and unlawful carrying of a weapon. According to the University of Texas police department, officers initially responded to a report of marijuana smell coming from three cars parked outside a residence hall. Foreman was taken into custody where he later was released on bond, while six others were cited for possession of marijuana and free to leave the scene.[5]