The only real criticism of former Texas Longhorns running back D’Onta Foreman in 2016? The seven fumbles, six of which the Longhorns lost.
But on Friday, Foreman revealed one potential cause of those issues — a broken hand he played through, he told Ted Johnson and Rich Lord in an appearance on a Houston radio show.
“There is always something you’ve got to work on, ball security and pass protection,” Foreman said, “I played during the season with a broken hand that nobody knew about. I just kept it under wraps.”
The lone Texas player set to appear at the NFL Combine this year, Foreman became just the second Longhorn to run for more than 2,000 yards in a season (2,028), joining Ricky Williams in that elite club. In rushing for 100 yards or more in 13 consecutive games, Foreman also broke Earl Campbell’s school record.
Against Kansas, he carried the ball 51 times, a workload that appears even more impressive given that he was likely dealing with the injury at that time.
CBSSports.com currently ranks Foreman as the No. 10 running back and the No. 137 player overall, which equates to a projected fourth-round selection.
However, the recent revelation, if combined with good testing numbers in Indianapolis, could help improve Foreman’s standing.