Henry States his Case

Living by the motto 'Nothing Just Happens,' freshman Aaron Henry has played himself into Wisconsin's nickle package.

MADISON - Nothing just happens.

A simple statement but one that Aaron Henry lives by. So much so that, in every practice, he writes the letters N.J.H. on the tape that covers his wrists.

"It means that we are going to face trials and tribulations in our life and no matter what people put upon us or what we have against us, nothing just happens," Henry said. "You gotta keep strong, gotta keep the faith and you gotta do what you gotta do."

The University of Wisconsin corner has taken the nothing just happens mentality and applied it to the field where he is in line to see time as the nickel back when the defense goes to five defensive backs. While many fans believe that the nickel back is just an extra corner Henry said the two positions are vastly different.

"At corner, you are more on an island where you have that one guy in front of you and you can't let him beat you," said the native of Immokalee, Fla. "At the nickel back spot, there is more scheme to it and your responsibilities change on a play by play basis."

With Henry in line for playing time this year the plan by Head Coach Bret Bielema to aggressively recruit Florida seems to be paying off. Henry is just one of eight current Badgers that hail from the Sunshine State, which includes another true freshman that's looking at some heavy playing time, running back Zach Brown from Royal Palm. There are seven Division 1 schools in the state of Florida which begs the questions, why leave the state and come to Wisconsin?

Henry said that while every one of the Florida guys has their own reasons for going out of state, his reasoning for coming to Wisconsin was to challenge himself.

"I could have stayed in-state and been content, but I wanted to step outside of that box," Henry said. "I wanted to try something new and I don't regret my decision one bit."

Ben Strickland played the role of the nickel back a year ago, which proves that a strong football I.Q. is an asset at the position. With Stellmacher helping out as a coach this year, Henry has a great teacher, and although he has stated his case for that spot in the first two weeks, he knows the learning process will continue.

"I'm just trying to take it in and get better day-by-day," Henry said. "From last week to this week I think I've made some pretty good improvements."

With 16 starters returning from a 12-1 team a year ago expectations are extremely high for the Badgers this year. But despite being just 18-years-old on a team with national title aspirations, Henry doesn't seem phased with the responsibility being put upon him.

"I'm just going to try and come in and play my role to help the team," Henry said.

It's a safe bet that Henry will make a big impact for the Badger defense this year, and he believes he owes his success to the two important figures in his life.

"Without God and my grandmother I'm not sure I'd be where I am right now," Henry said. It's a good thing for Wisconsin football that he is.

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