MORGANTOWN, W.Va.– Last week against Texas Tech, D’Onta Foreman lit up the stats sheet when he rushed for 341 yards and three touchdowns in Texas’ 45-37 win.
The junior’s stellar performance leaves teams wondering just how do you stop him.
“Tackle him,” WVU defensive line coach Bruce Tall said.
Through eight games Foreman has rushed for 1,446 yards for 13 touchdowns. The 6-foot-1, 249-pound running back averages 180.8 yards a game.
“It depends on how many times they give it to him,” head coach Dana Holgorsen said. “They gave it to him 18 times last year, and he had 150, he’s a good player. The BYU back was pretty dang good, a couple of the guys we face next week are going to be pretty good, the TCU guy was pretty good, I don’t mean to be leaving anybody out, but there are a lot of good backs, but yeah, he’s the premier back in the country right now. They hand it to him a bunch, our job is to get him off the field.”
Foreman poses an immediate threat for the Mountaineers’ defense. He uses his size to punish defenses and for a big back, he can make last second cuts and leave opponents in the dust.
“You just got to make sure you put same shoulder same leg,” Tall said. “You got to be good with your technique. If you arm tackle him he’s going to get on his back and take a ride. You’re not going to arm tackle him. He’s going to run you right over.”
“He’s a big dude and I know that’s really the struggle, no one can surely hit him but we’re going to hit him,” senior defensive linemen Noble Nwachukwu said. “We’re going to get him down on the ground. I don’t think that’s going to be too much of a problem for us.”