By nearly setting the school’s single-game rushing record last week against the Texas Tech Raiders by racking up 341 yards, Texas Longhorns running back D’Onta Foreman is finally getting some traction in the race for the Heisman Trophy.
In response, the school launched a website on Friday devoted to Foreman’s bid for the most important trophy in college football, as well as the Doak Walker Award, given yearly to the nation’s top running back.
The site is filled with some impressive factoids. For instance, through eight games, Foreman’s 1,446 rushing yards ranks ahead of Earl Campbell’s pace when he won the Heisman Trophy in 1977 and second only to Ricky Williams in school history.
Speaking of Campbell, Foreman has now gone over 100 yards rushing in 10 straight games, one behind the school record held by the Tyler Rose. Over that stretch, he’s averaging 7.42 yards per carry.
The junior is also averaging over 180 yards per game, which leads the country.
Foreman won’t have an opportunity to impress prime-time audiences this week when the ‘Horns host the West Virginia Mountaineers, but he will have a chance to bolster his campaigns for those awards if he can find success against the nation’s No. 29 rushing defense in S&P+.
Likely the favorite for the Doak Walker Award at this time, Foreman is also making progress in national Heisman Watch lists, currently ranking No. 6 in ESPN’s version. In the Heisman House fan poll, Foreman is the leader, ahead of star Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, the prohibitive favorite to win the award in December:
The site says fans can only vote once per day, but many people have had success voting multiple times by refreshing the page.
It’s taken an unbelievable season from Foreman, but that respect is finally getting put on his name. He earned it.