Henry Could Bolster Linebacking Corps

A number of incoming freshmen were on hand for Saturday's Gold-Blue game. BlueGoldNews.com caught up with one of them - incoming linebacker Jay Henry of Jenks, Oklahoma.

Henry, who played for national powerhouse Jenks High School in the Sooner State, plans to arrive early in Morgantown to get a jump on his college career.

"I plan to come back in July and start working out," the talented linebacker said of his summer plans. "They [WVU] have already sent me some workout plans, but I want to get here and get started as soon as I can."

Those workout plans, according to Henry, aren't too different from what he went through during the offseason at Jenks. He noted that there is a great deal of competition at Jenks for playing time, which encourages players to be in shape when the season begins.

The immediate question for just about any fresman is: "Will you play this year?" Henry was noncommittal about the subject, noting that the coaches hadn't really talked to him about that issue. However, from the intent manner in which he watched the field during the game, it is easy to see that redshirting is probably not high on his list of priorities.

Once Henry gets to West Virginia, he will face a number of players ahead of him on the depth chart as he bids for playing time. He knows that he will have to make a quick impression if he is to avoid a redshirt year, but he is also looking forward to the challenge.

Henry does have an advantage in that he is at least somewhat familiar with the defensive scheme being employed by WVU this year.

"We played a very similar defense last year. It gave the linebackers a chance to make plays. I should be able to learn it and adjust pretty quickly," he noted as he watched the spring game.

With the injury history of WVU's linebacking corps over the past couple of seasons, another linebacker or two on the depth chart will be practically a necessity. The hard-hitting Henry could be the player to fill that gap.

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