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RB D'Onta Foreman is ready to be a leader for the Texas Longhorns in 2016

"I'm trying to be the best person I can be on the field."

Texas Longhorns junior D'Onta Foreman heads into spring practice as the oldest running back on the team and is the subject of the above spring profile in which he talks about his role as a leader on the team, especially as the offense transitions under new offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert.

"It's changed a lot from last year," Foreman says. "It's uptempo. We have to really focus on our conditioning and worry about getting back to the line."

Foreman began seeing a lot of carries midway through the 2015 season, but missed the last two games with an injury. After the season, he was named 2015 second-team Academic All-Big 12.

"We're trying to make sure everyone's on the same page, talking to the running back group," he says. "Right now I'm the oldest in the room so I have make sure everyone's on the same page."

Foreman ran for 681 yards during the 2015 season and averaged 7.17 yards per carry. During the offseason, his focus has been on conditioning in order to operate in the new up-tempo offense and to ensure that he can handle a higher volume of carries.

"If I want to make sure our team is successful and I'm successful, I have to do everything possible to be better overall," Foreman says. "I talk to the coaches all the time to see how I can work on my conditioning and be ready for the uptempo stuff."