Offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert has a bevy of playmakers at his disposal in his first year at Texas. Two of them sport the same name on the back of their jerseys, junior twin brothers D’Onta and Armanti Foreman.
The two juniors joined Gilbert Tuesday night to discuss Texas’ No. 17-ranked scoring offense, which averages 41 points per game.
D’Onta solidified as running game anchor
Foreman got off to a slow start against the Sooners Saturday, battling his nagging abdomen injury. But he broke loose in the second half, finishing the game with 159 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
Foreman ranks No. 2 in the nation in rushing yards per game with 148.75. Even with Foreman’s gaudy numbers and school history of NFL running backs,
Foreman said Tuesday he has not thought about leaving school early to turn pro.
“Every time I step out on the field, I want to make a statement,” Foreman said. “I’m here, this is my time. I’m just trying to do what I’ve got to do.”
Gilbert knows the caliber player he has in the junior running back. And he said Texas plans to “ride” him.
“He’s a guy that we are definitely excited about,” Gilbert said. “He’s a battler. He was not 100-percent healthy [against Oklahoma], and the kid went out and was determined. He fought, he battled [for] the yards he got.”
Armanti Foreman enjoying career-best season
While his brother has been busy running wild on opposing defenses, junior receiver Armanti Foreman has emerged as one of quarterback Shane Buechele’s top targets.
Foreman eclipsed his career high for receptions in a season against Oklahoma State two weeks ago — the Longhorns’ fourth game of the season. He has 18 receptions now, most among all Texas receivers. Gilbert said he didn’t know what to expect out of the Foreman brothers, but he knows now.
“It was really unknown for me, for really any of these guys,” Gilbert said. “Until you get to Notre Dame and the lights come on, you don’t quite know how a group of guys until you get in that scenario and that situation.”
Foreman caught a touchdown pass against Notre Dame and another against Oklahoma last week, showing his growth since entering the year with 21 career receptions.
“I just think that I got too big for my own self,” Foreman said. “I just had to humble myself. I feel like that’s what I did. It’s kind of helping me now.”