Henry Ready to Run on Herd

In the 1999 Mobile Alabama Bowl, a quick touchdown strike from David Garrard to Arnie Powell put the Pirates up 6-0 over Texas Christian. The Pirates were unable to generate a rushing attack in that game and paid the price - a 28-14 loss. This time around the Pirates hope to chew up a little Ladd-Peebles' turf on the ground.

The Horned Frogs totally shut down the ECU ground attack that evening, holding the Pirates to –16 yards rushing on 26 carries while gaining 186 of their own behind their star back Ladanian Tomlinson.

On Wednesday night, ECU will showcase its own All-American running back, Leonard Henry. The senior from Clinton amassed 1,432 rushing yards and 18 total touchdowns (16 rushing, two receiving). His 130.2 yards per game ranks sixth in the nation and he is third in yards per carry (7.8). He has broken the Conference USA single-season rushing record and also leads the league in scoring in 2001. He has also set the C-USA record for most career rushing touchdowns (29) and ECU records for most points in a season (108) and most touchdowns in a season (18). In all, he owns eight school rushing and scoring records and has two of the top 10 rushing games ever at ECU.

Henry is quick to deflect praise for his phenomenal performance this season, but rather credits his offensive line. Says Henry of his teammates, "I'll tell you, from the beginning all the way up to today's practice, our offensive line has gone out and proven so many people wrong."

As to whether he is anxious to atone the poor rushing performance two years ago in Mobile Henry says." We're just focused. I just want to go out and lay it on the line one more time for ECU." No doubt he will.


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