Alabama Running Back Derrick Henry Poised To Win Heisman After Iron Bowl Performance

Derrick Henry is a legend. He must be since he tied the mark of iconic SEC figures Herschel Walker (Georgia) and Bo Jackson (Auburn) with his fourth game of 200-plus yards in a single season. The junior surpassed the school record of three held by one of the Alabama All-Century running backs, Bobby Humphrey. Jackson and Humphrey were both in attendance to witness the scintillating performance.

Story by BamaMag.com's A.P. Steadham

Next on the agenda is to become a national legend by winning the coveted Heisman Memorial Trophy. Derrick Henry ran for 271 yards on a single game school record 46 carries eclipsing the mark of 42 (vs. Auburn 1970) held by the other Alabama All-Century running back, Johnny Musso. The rushing total was the most ever by a Tide running back versus Auburn. Bobby Marlow ran for 233 yards on 25 carries against the Tigers on December 2, 1951. He moved passed Trent Richardson (1,679 yards in 2011) to become the school's all-time single season leader with 1,797 rushing yards.

His fourth quarter 25-yard touchdown run to finish the scoring for the Crimson Tide was the 17th consecutive game for Henry to reach the end zone, the longest active streak in the nation. He holds the school record previously set by quarterback Terry Davis (10) stretching across the 1971 and 1972 seasons. Henry is currently averaging 149.8 yards rushing per game and on pace to break the single season school record of 133.7 established by Bobby Humphrey in 1986.   His last carry topped the Bo Jackson held Iron Bowl rushing record (1983) of 256 yards.

Sitting on a chair outside the visiting locker room, Henry met with the assembled media to discuss the 29-13 victory over the cross-state rival Auburn Tigers. He finished the evening with 14 consecutive carries on the final two possessions. After 12 games, he has toted the ball 295 times for a 6.1 average per carry and scored 22 rushing touchdowns. Henry has caught 10 passes for 97 yards. Listen and watch the video of the record setting running back (above).


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