WR Puts Up Huge Numbers in Spring Games

Daphne wide receiver Richie Henderson had the performance of a lifetime in last weekend's spring jamboree for the Trojans.

Foley, Ala.--This past weekend's spring jamborees in Foley were supposed to be a time for working out the kinks on offense and defense and letting some unknown players get some time on the field. However, for the Daphne Trojans and wide receiver Richie Henderson, things were already in mid-season form.

Friday the Trojans played a half against both Oxford and Theodore. In the combined one game of action, Henderson had 10 catches for 343 yards and three touchdowns from quarterback Chris Lambeth. Unstoppable on the day, the 6-1 1/2, 175-pounder says it was good to get on the field and see how much the team had improved since last season.

"Thanks to my quarterback and offensive line for having a great game and giving Chris time to throw me the ball," Henderson says. "It helps so much having the chemistry that we have. He knows what I'm going to do on routes. We just have that connection from throwing after school and everything like that."

Henderson hauls in an 82-yard touchdown for one of his three on the day.

Performing well at the recent Scout.com Combine in Tuscaloosa when he ran a 4.5 second 40-yard dash and recorded a vertical leap of just under 33 inches, Henderson is a player who has surprising speed and athleticism for a player who plays the part of possession receiver to perfection for the Trojans. Anytime Daphne is looking for a big play in the passing game, you can bet Henderson will be the guy being thrown to this fall.

Last season Henderson helped the Trojans to the Class 6A title game as he caught 24 passes for 554 yards and eight touchdowns on a team built around the running game and Arnil Stallworth. This season Henderson and Lambeth will be the main weapons for the Trojans and it won't be surprising to see him surpass 1,000 yards receiving in 2006.

Because of his performance last season and in Tuscaloosa, Henderson is receiving interest from several schools across the Southeast, including both Auburn and Alabama, but says that one school in particular is the one he's most interested in at the moment.

"I'm hearing from a couple of SEC schools mainly," Henderson says. "I'm also hearing from Georgia Tech, Middle Tennessee, Memphis, schools around the Southeast mainly. I'm going to go to camps at most of the SEC schools and some smaller ones like Southern Miss.

"I grew up a fan of LSU," he adds. "I go every year to LSU's camp and will go back there again this year."

Henderson is waiting on his first scholarship offer, but based on his performance in Friday's spring jamboree it shouldn't be long before his phone begins ringing.

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