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Chris Ogbonnaya crosses the goal line for a TD.
The Texans seem to have a secret recipe for discovering diamond-in-the-rough running backs.
In 2008, the Texans selected Steve Slaton in the third round (89th overall) of the draft. The little-known RB from West Virginia rushed for 1,282 yards, and nine TDs, earning himself the Houston Texans Rookie of the Year honors.
The next year the Texans picked up UDFA (undrafted free agent) Arian Foster, who was promptly placed on the practice squad. After a lackluster season by Slaton, Foster took the reins of the Texans ground game. Foster became the starting RB for the 2010 season and filled the NFL with "shock and awe" as he accumulated 1,616 yards on the ground, 604 yards through the air and a cumulative 18 TDs.
Now, with the 2011 season upon us—enter Chris Ogbonnaya.
With RBs Slaton, Foster and Derrick Ward sidelined with injuries, the Texans were digging deep into their depth chart to find someone to run the ball. Ogbonnaya stepped onto the field and set out to prove that he belongs on the Texans' final roster.
About halfway through the second quarter, Ogbonnaya took a short pass from QB Matt Leinart into the end zone for the Texans' first TD of the night. Then, with less than two minutes remaining in the game, he lowered his head, squared his shoulders and drove the ball into the end zone for the Texans' second (and winning) touchdown.
When all was said and done, Ogbonnaya had 37 yards rushing and 67 yards receiving. He also had the Texans' only two touchdowns. He appeared to be quick on his feet and was able to break away coming off the corners. His versatility in the run-and-catch game should secure his spot on the Texans' final roster.