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As a true freshman, Chris Warren rushed for a total of 470 yards and four touchdowns on just 71 carries. That was good for a 6.6 yard-per-carry average on the season.
And it’s almost time to let the big fella loose again.
Looking back at last season, Warren’s break-out performance came the last home game of the season when Texas hosted Texas Tech late in the month of November.
That rainy evening against the Red Raiders, on a night where both Jonathan Gray and D’Onta Foreman were banged up, Warren got the start and never looked back.
Racking up 276 yards and four touchdowns on the ground, Warren averaged 11 yards-per-carry on the evening and broke the Longhorns freshman single-game rushing record previously set by Cedric Benson, who rushed for 213 yards on 28 carries against Kansas back in 2001.
Warren followed up the record-breaking performance with a 106 yard day on the ground in a win against Baylor in Waco the following week.
With Jonathan Gray moved on to his new chapter after playing his senior season for Texas last year, the bulk of the carries at running back will now fall onto junior D’Onta Foreman (who averaged 7.6 yards-per-carry as he rushed for 681 yards and five touchdowns in 2015) and sophomore Chris Warren.
Heading into this season, it’s safe to say that Texas is set to have a powerful and explosive stable of Longhorns in its backfield.