Henry talks about his decision to leave UA

Most Wildcat fans thought that it was possible for the Cats to lose possibly two juniors off the roster to the NFL after the 2006 season. Many thought it was possible to lose defensive end Louis Holmes and cornerback Antoine Cason but almost nobody thought that junior running back Chris Henry would leave early for the NFL.

But that is exactly what Henry is doing and WildcatInsider.com caught up with Henry to talk about why he is leaving Arizona and is throwing his hat into the NFL Draft.

"I just feel that it is my time to move on," Henry admitted. "I have seen a lot of things on the internet about me leaving because of my grades are terrible or because I got a big head after having a good end to the season and that is all just bull. I have thought it through and I think that this is the best thing for me personally to do."

When Arizona hired Sonny Dykes to come in and run the Wildcat offense Henry said he was initially intrigued by the new offensive possibilities but in the end the offensive change didn't really reflect in his decision.

"I know that (Texas) Tech has had some backs that have had really good year in that system," Henry said. "I know that I could put up good numbers and I know I could too but I had to make this decision for me so the new offense didn't really have anything to do with it."

One thing that Henry admitted that he will miss is the relationship with running backs coach Kasey Dunn.

"I told Coach Dunn about this and he is pretty supportive," he said. "He helped me a lot while I was a Wildcat and I am going to miss working with him."

Various internet rumors have spring up concerning Chris and his reasons for leaving early and he addressed each one.

On academics playing a role…

"My grades have absolutely nothing to do with it. I am still going to be in school for the spring semester and after that I will only have two classes left until I get my degree so that has nothing to do with it."

On the late season success…

"I had a good run and we had a good run as a team but that has nothing to do with it. I wasn't really happy about losing the starting job early but I earned the job back and I was able to do some good things after that but it had nothing to do with leaving early."

On not getting along with some of the coaches and/or players…

"That is complete bull. There is nothing wrong with the program or the coaches or any of the other guys on the team. I have nothing but love for the program and the staff and for the University of Arizona. It is just my time to move on and I feel this is best for me. I love Arizona."

Henry added that while he consulted with his father and other that he trusts, ultimately the decision came down to him doing what he believes is right for him personally.

"I talked to my dad about it and he is supportive of what I want to do," he said. "In the end it is just my time to move on and I feel this is the best move for me."

With the decision made it Henry discussed what he has planned for the near future and he talked about whether or not he has or will hire and agent.

"Right now I am just trying to concentrate on working out and preparing for the combine if I get invited, he said. "I still need to get bigger and stronger and faster for the combine in case I am going and that is what I am worried about doing right now. I have a couple of agents in mind but I have not hired one or anything yet. The only thing I am worried about right now is preparing for the combine and working out."

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