UGA Set to Tackle Derrick Henry

ATHENS - Derrick Henry at one time was a celebrated “Dawg Night” commitment. Now Georgia is gearing up to try to stop him Saturday.

Henry, from Yulee, Fla, was one of five players who gave a verbal pledge to Georgia on July 15, 2011. He decommitted and went to Alabama, where he now is Alabama’s leading rusher and No. 4 in the SEC at 105.5 yards per game.

“I’ve been good friends with Derrick since high school and we hung out all the time,” said Georgia senior left tackle John Theus, who committed to Georgia on the same night.

So did quarterback Brice Ramsey, receiver/defensive back Tramel Terry and running back Stanley Williams. Terry announced plans to transfer last week and Williams ended up at Kentucky.

Henry and Theus keep in touch.

“I still talk to him now,” Theus said. “He’s a great kid, works hard. He deserves it. He truly really does bust his butt. I wish all the success to him except for (Saturday).

Jeremy Pruitt, Georgia’s defensive coordinator, helped recruit Henry to Alabama. Now he will try have his defense slow him down.

“He’s a tremendous competitor,” Pruitt said.

Henry is a 6-foot-3, 242-pound junior with eight rushing touchdowns.

"He's a big back, bigger than the usual back that you play, but still at the same time, if you hit him before he gets started I feel like we have a great chance of stopping him,” Georgia nose guard Chris Mayes said.

A back with Henry’s size brings a more physical aspect,” Mayes said, “so you have to hit them more lower than up top to sort of bring them down. So you stop his leg drop and you get them there."

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