Fore­man weighs in lighter at com­bine

Ex-Texas RB will do all of the drills in In­di­anapo­lis.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - Amer­i­can-States­man staff

The run­ning backs in­vited to the NFL com­bine in In­di­anapo­lis have been weighed and mea­sured.

For­mer Texas star D’Onta Fore­man weighed 233 pounds. That’s down 16 pounds from his listed weight while daz­zling with the Longhorns.

Ok­la­homa star Sa­maje Per­ine, who like Fore­man de­clared for the NFL a year early, also weighed 233.

The heav­i­est back at the com­bine is Leonard Four­nette, who weighed 240. Four­nette also is con­sid­ered the best prospect amongst the tail­back bunch. But scouts may won­der whether he’s got­ten too heavy. Four­nette was listed at 235 pounds while play­ing for LSU. His own col­lege coaches had ob­served that he needed to shed some weight.

Aside from get­ting their mea­sure­ments, Fore­man and the other run­ning backs will un­dergo med­i­cal ex­ams and team in­ter­views. They’ll bench press Thurs­day, then do all their run­ning and agility drills Fri­day.

Fore­man is the lone Longhorn in­vited to the com­bine. His agents con­firmed to the Amer­i­can-States­man that Fore­man will do all drills in In­di­anapo­lis.

Base­ball: Ahead of this week’s trip to Stan­ford, Texas picked up a 9-5 win over La­mar at UFCU Dis­chFalk Field on Tues­day night.

Thanks to a Cole Coker home run — the first of the fresh­man’s col­lege ca­reer — La­mar jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the sec­ond in­ning. Texas got two runs back in the in­ning’s bot­tom half. The Longhorns then surged ahead by a run when Bret Boswell crushed a ball off a light pole be­yond the fence in right field in the Longhorns’ turn to bat.

In ad­di­tion to his tworun homer, Boswell drew two walks and was hit by a pitch. He scored four times, and that fourth run gave Texas an 8-5 ad­van­tage in the sev­enth. La­mar (6-3) was un­able to get any closer to Texas (6-3).

Tues­day’s game fea­tured 12 pitch­ing changes, nine by La­mar. Sopho­more Nick Kennedy, who en­tered the game in the fourth in­ning and recorded four outs, earned the win for Texas.

The pitch­ing changes pro­vided Texas’ of­fense with dif­fer­ent looks through­out the even­ing.

Boswell, for ex­am­ple, hit his home run off of Ryan Er­ick­son, who is listed as an out­fielder on La­mar’s ros­ter. Boswell drew walks from south­paw Matt White and the right-handed Chad Fleis­chman, and sopho­more right-han­der Josh Crain hit him with a pitch.

Boswell said it was tough to ad­just to the re­volv­ing door of Car­di­nal pitch­ers, but in-game prepa­ra­tion helped his cause. First base­man Kacy Cle­mens hit ahead of Boswell on Tues­day, and Boswell scouted his op­po­nents from the on-deck cir­cle, since Cle­mens bats left­handed like he does.

Four Longhorns — Kacy Cle­mens, Kody Cle­mens, Travis Jones and Michael McCann — evenly split eight of Texas’ hits among them­selves. Kacy Cle­mens hit two dou­bles, and Jones reg­is­tered his first triple of the sea­son. “We’re aware of the sit­u­a­tion in­volv­ing our signee, Reese Leitao,” UT coach Tom Her­man said in a state­ment. “We’re col­lect­ing in­for­ma­tion, will talk to Reese and his fam­ily, let the le­gal sys­tem run its course and then ad­dress it fur­ther at the ap­pro­pri­ate time.”

Ac­cord­ing to a po­lice re­port ob­tained by the Amer­i­can-States­man, cam­pus po­lice at Jenks High School were called af­ter a Xanax pill was found in Leitao’s bag dur­ing a search by an ad­min­is­tra­tor. Leitao told his prin­ci­pal that he was sell­ing the drug; 19 ad­di­tional Xanax pills were later found in a bot­tle that was hid­den in Leitao’s un­der­wear. The bot­tle was for a dif­fer­ent pre­scrip­tion that had been made for Leitao.

Leitao also had more than $1,300 on him.

Leitao is the son of DePaul men’s bas­ket­ball coach Dave Leitao. The school re­leased the fol­low­ing state­ment: “DePaul Univer­sity re­spects men’s bas­ket­ball coach Dave Leitao’s right to ad­dress parental mat­ters in pri­vate and will have no fur­ther com­ment.”

Leitao, a 6-4, 235-pound tight end, caught 34 passes for 423 yards and four touch­downs in his se­nior sea­son.

He was con­sid­ered a top-10 player in the state of Ok­la­homa and the na­tion’s 19th-rated tight end prospect, ac­cord­ing to 247Sports’ com­pos­ite rank­ings. Alabama, Ok­la­homa, Ok­la­homa State, LSU and Penn State also of­fered him.

He was con­sid­ered a con­tender to earn play­ing time this fall; Texas, un­der Her­man, is ex­pected to need a tight end that can block as well as line up as a re­ceiver.

“If he doesn’t grow an­other inch, he’s got a chance to be that dual guy for us,” UT tight ends coach Corby Meekins said last month.

Tight end Reese Leitao was con­tender to play this fall for UT.

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