Henderson's Comeback

One of the best-looking prospects on hand at Saturday's FCA Combine in War Memorial Stadium was Little Rock Central tight end/linebacker Justin Henderson (6-3, 242), who missed all of last season because of an enlarged heart and was just cleared Tuesday to return to action.

LITTLE ROCK – Perhaps the best story at Saturday's FCA Combine at War Memorial Stadium was that of Little Rock Central's Justin Henderson.

Henderson (6-3, 242), a tight end-linebacker who started for the Tigers as a sophomore, missed his entire junior season due to a heart problem.

But on Tuesday, Henderson – who certainly passes the eye test, got clearance from his doctor and took full advantage of the exposure on Saturday.

"This is actually my first real exposure here," said Henderson, who has an 8-foot, 3-inch arm span. "I am trying to get some work done and get some more."

Henderson mentioned Arkansas, Ole Miss, Arkansas State, Tulsa and TCU and Oklahoma State as schools he likes and who have been in touch.

Several of those will be through to watch spring practice at Central – something Henderson is really looking forward to participating in.

"I missed it a lot and I am so ready for spring practice because the last time I had pads on was late July," Henderson said. "I am ready to hit somebody."

That was what he was planning to do last season before a physical showed he had an enlarged heart.

"I had a problem with my blood flowing through, due in part to me not taking my blood pressure medicine for awhile," Henderson said. "Since I am taking it again, the left part of my heart is shrinking so I am cleared to play again because the blood is going through."

As a sophomore, he started every game while seeing time at tight end, defensive end, wideout and even some defensive tackle.

"This year I am playing drop end so that is more of a outside linebacker," Henderson said.

The Tigers were 6-4 when Henderson was a sophomore, but 0-10 last during an injury-plagued campaign.

Central will get a big lift from having Henderson and fellow defensive standout Blake James, who missed all of last season as well after a knee injury suffered at the University of Arkansas football camp.

"Our defense is going to be set this year with him playing D-end or linebacker," Henderson said. "…We have a lot of guys coming back. We are going to be straight."





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