UPDATED 5 p.m. CT - Texas confirms Horns247 report.

Statement from Chris Warren III:

After putting a lot of thought into it with my family, I talked to Coach Herman this morning and let him know I have decided it’s in my best interest to transfer from The University of Texas to continue my education and football career. It was a difficult decision, and I’m thankful to all of my teammates and coaches I’ve had on the 40 Acres. Texas is a special place, and I’m appreciative to have had the opportunity to grow as a person and a student-athlete here. I’ve formed so many great relationships and memories and will cherish them forever. I will miss my teammates and The University of Texas, and I will forever bleed burnt orange. Thank you all for the support!

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Texas junior running back Chris Warren III, who split carries in 2016 with 2,028-yard rusher and Doak Walker Award winner D'Onta Foreman but was moved to tight end by new coach Tom Herman, plans to transfer from UT, according to a source close to the situation.

Warren averaged 5.9 yards per carry in 2016 while splitting carries with Foreman the first four games - until Warren suffered a season-ending knee injury. Foreman then went on to have a huge year for the Longhorns, left early for the NFL and became a third-round draft pick of the Houston Texans.

Despite a coaching change at Texas from Charlie Strong to Tom Herman in 2017, Warren came back from his knee injury determined to have a big year like Foreman had in 2016 but battled a hamstring injury in the spring and mumps over the summer.