D’Onta Foreman leaving Longhorns for the NFL draft

D'onta Foreman announces he is leaving the Texas Longhorns football team for the NFL draft. Nov. 30, 2016 (KXAN Photo)
D'onta Foreman announces he is leaving the Texas Longhorns football team for the NFL draft. Nov. 30, 2016 (KXAN Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas running back D’Onta Foreman announced Wednesday he will leave college football and go pro. Foreman said he wants to “strike while the iron’s hot.”

Newly-hired Coach Tom Herman hoped to keep Foreman, but his chances of keeping him for his last year already appeared to be slim. Foreman said he’ll miss playing with his brother and is sad that his last game as a Longhorn was the 31-9 loss to Texas Christian University last Friday. The next day, coach Charlie Strong was fired after three seasons with the team.

Foreman said Wednesday he would still be leaving early even if Strong was still head coach. Foreman said  Coach Herman told him the team could use him next year, but was supportive of his decision to leave early.

When asked where would he wants to go in the National Football League, Foreman replied, “To be honest, anybody want to give me some money.”

Earlier this week, Foreman’s dad tweeted that his son “prayed on it” and made his decision.

Foreman joined the ranks of Ricky Williams as the only Longhorn to rush for 2,000 yards in a season. On Monday, Dec. 5 we’ll find out if Foreman gets an invite to New York for the Heisman trophy ceremony.

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