D’Onta Foreman is one half of Texas’ running back duo known as the “Smash Brothers,” along with Chris Warren III. Both are among the top running backs in the Big 12, but Foreman’s father isn’t happy with the rating his son and Warren received from the ESPN.
ESPN’s Jake Trotter ranked the Big 12’s best running backs today. Not surprisingly, Oklahoma’s Samaje Perine was No. 1. Foreman and Warren checked in at No’s 6 and 10 respectively.
That’s not good enough for Derrick Foreman, who tweeted in response to the article that the Longhorns have the two top ball carriers in the conference.
This is hilarious. No RBs in the conference is BETTER that the SMASH BROTHERS https://t.co/lzBwj1Kev2
— Derrick Foreman (@DayDay409) August 9, 2016
We understand the elder Foreman going to bat for his son, and Foreman and Warren are both very talented. Last year, they combined for 1,151 yards and nine touchdowns while also splitting time with Jonathan Gray.
Both Foreman and Warren had impressive yards per rush averages: 7.2 ypc for Foreman and 6.6 for Warren. Additionally, they led Big 12 backs in breakaway percentage, according to PFF College Football.
Top #Big12FB running backs based on breakaway percentage (think: long runs)
1) D’Onta Foreman
2) Chris Warren III
We see you, Smash Brother!
— PFF College Football (@PFF_College) July 20, 2016
Still, it is tough to put these guys ahead of Oklahoma’s duo of Perine and Joe Mixon and Baylor’s tandem of Shock Linwood and Johnny Jefferson. Both pairs combined to rush for more than 2,000 yards last season, and Linwood and Jefferson each cracked the 1,000-yard mark.
Looking ahead, in order for Texas to take the next step under Charlie Strong, the team will have to rely heavily on the ground game. If D’onta Foreman and his sidekick Chris Warren III show themselves capable of handling the load, next year’s Big 12 running back rankings might look quite different.