Derrick Henry Runs Into Heisman Conversation

Derrick Henry was in the conversation for the Heisman Trophy prior to last evening’s contest against the LSU Tigers. Now, he is the conversation for college football’s most coveted and enduring lifetime bearing prize. The prolific running back is reluctant to speak of the two "H" words in the same sentence - Henry and Heisman. Saturday's performance changed the dialogue.

The sold out Bryant-Denny Stadium and nationally televised CBS Network audience were enthusiastically anticipating the rushing duel between the hometown favorite Henry and visitor from Louisiana, Leonard Fournette. Those wearing the crimson and white were able to stand and cheer the loudest.

He powered through the LSU defense, ranked second in the SEC yielding only 93.7 ypg, for 210 yards on a career high 38 carries averaging 5.5 per attempt. Alabama legend Johnny Musso (1969-71) in attendance at yesterday’s game saw Derrick Henry run for three touchdowns to move pass the famed “Italian Stallion” sixth most rushing scores of 16 in a single season. He is now tied for third with three others at 17 - Siran Stacy (1989), Mark Ingram (2009) and Eddie Lacy (2012). The junior has rumbled for 2,626 career yards ranking him ninth in school history surpassing the only fullback in the top ten, Johnny Lee Davis (1974-77, 2,519 yards) and halfback Bobby Marlow (1950-52, 2,560 yards).

Heisman voters scrutinize production against Power Five ranked teams. Henry has racked up chunks of real estate against No. 20 Wisconsin (147), No. 15 Ole Miss (127), No. 8 Georgia (148), No. 9 Texas A&M (236) and No. 4 LSU (210). He is averaging an astonishing 173.6 yards per game (868) and has carried the ball 132 times for a 6.6 per carry average and 10 touchdowns in those five games. Additionally, the 6-3, 242 running back dashed for 143 yards against unranked Tennessee. After nine games, he has amassed 1,254 yards on 218 carries for a 5.8 per carry average.

Watch and listen as Henry discusses keys to the game, part-time blocking back A’Shawn Robinson and other relevant subject matters affecting the significant 30-16 win over LSU.


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