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Former Texas RB/H-back Chris Warren III’s academic issues forced declaration for NFL Draft

The decision not to transfer now makes more sense.

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After a poor academic semester last fall, former Texas Longhorns running back/H-back Chris Warren III opted to declare for the 2018 NFL Draft instead of transferring as originally planned, he told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Wednesday.

“Some things got to me and threw me off a little bit,” Warren said. “My schedule and routine got messed up. And so my grades didn’t look the way they should have. Some things transpired. I couldn’t transfer. I would have had to go back to school for a semester, but it would have had to have been out of my own pocket. So it was best for my family if I went into the draft.”

Warren struggled at running back during his junior season, eventually losing playing time to younger players like Kyle Porter, Daniel Young, and Toneil Carter — he carried the ball only four times in the last five games. In fact, outside of a big game against lowly San Jose State this season, Warren was never able to replicate that success again.

The 6’4, 250-pounder finished the regular season with 71 carries for 314 yards and six touchdowns, along with 18 catches for 229 yards and two more touchdowns. In the middle of November, the staff moved him to H-back. Publicly, the story from head coach Tom Herman was that Warren bought into the change in position, but behind the scenes, Warren’s academic struggles and eventual transfer clearly suggested otherwise. He said the staff tried to convince him to stay.

Now Warren is preparing for the NFL Scouting Combine late this month. He believes that he can fill a need at the next level for a short-yardage running back, but is open to moving to H-back or tight end once again if that’s what it takes.