Blazing Bernardo

Louisiana prep star Bernardo Henry (5-11, 175, 4.35) will be playing a different position Friday night when he comes back from injury. This story is sponsored by the Arkansas Toyota Dealers. It's free and so is a special offer to attend a Razorback event on the Arkansas Toyota Dealers website.

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When Leesville (La.) High's Bernardo Henry last took a snap, he did so as a quarterback.

But when he gets back on field after being out a game-and-a-half due to injury, he will be lining up at wingback and free safety.

"I've been rehabbing an ankle injury real hard and I am suppose to get to play this Friday against Marshfield," Henry said. "I actually was going to play a little cornerback in the game that I got hurt and now we've talked about it and think I can best help the team by playing wingback and being able to play defense at free safety. I'm looking forward to it again."

It's not as if Henry (5-11, 175, 4.35) - also a track star who Arkansas is recruiting as a cornerback - wasn't making plays.

He had 260 yards total offense in his team's scrimmage, 160-plus in the opening game and already had over 100 yards passing and running before getting hurt in the season's second game.

"Things haven't gone well for us as a team," Henry said. "We're 0-3 right now, but those are probably the three hardest teams we will play all year. We're making a few changes and I think we will be ready for this game and the rest of the season."

Henry, one of the fastest guys to come through Arkansas' football camps this summer, has plans to be in Little Rock on Oct. 9 to see the Razorbacks play Louisiana-Monroe - which happen to be his favorite team (Arkansas) and the one that has offered him (Lousiana-Monroe).

"I'm looking forward to it," said Henry, who ran a 4.35 40-yard dash at Arkansas' camp this summer. "I really like Arkansas and their coaches and the facilities."

Henry is drawing his share of recruiting attention.

"I've been getting phone calls and mail from Arkansas, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Oklahoma ULM (Louisiana-Monroe), ULL (Louisiana-Lafayette)," Henry said. "I've also been getting letters from Houston lately I think several of those are getting close to offering me."

Henry watched last USC's 70-17 win over Arkansas last Saturday night.

"That was a tough game for Arkansas," Henry said. "But USC is going to do that to a lot of teams this year. A lot of teams. They are the number one team in the country for a reason and I don't think anybody is going to come close to them until some of those guys leave."

The Razorbacks will actually host USC in game two of the 2006 season on Sept. 9 in Fayetteville.

"I would love to be a part of that atmosphere next year when they play USC," Henry said. "I think USC is going to lose a lot of players and Arkansas' got a lot of good young ones so I think it will be a much different game next season."

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