Despite leading the nation in rushing yards and rushing yards per game, Texas Longhorns running back D’Onta Foreman was not named a Heisman Trophy finalist on Monday.
Instead, Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, Clemson quarterback DeShaun Watson, Oklahoma wide receiver Dede Westbrook, and Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers will all be in attendance for the ceremony on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.
The snub is an especially disappointing one considering that two other Big 12 players made, in addition to Peppers, who only had 170 yards of offense, three rushing touchdowns, and one interception.
Blame that on the ghost of Charles Woodson.
There certainly wasn’t anything more that Foreman could do — he lead the country in rushing yards despite playing in only 11 games, carried the ball 82 times in his final two games, rushed for 341 yards and three touchdowns against Texas Tech, and had a Heisman moment in that game when he raced 74 yards for a touchdown with only one shoe.
In all likelihood, the Texas struggles kept Foreman out of the running, despite his incredible season.
And now he’s off to the NFL, his Longhorns career over.
The bottom line — despite the snub from Heisman voters, Texas fans will always remember Foreman’s remarkable season, which ranks among the best in school history despite the high standards set by a program that counts two Heisman Trophy winners among it’s lauded running backs.