Derrick Henry led the Alabama Crimson Tide to its second straight College Football Playoff. Now, Henry heads to New York City for the Heisman Trophy ceremony.
He has been the most impressive running back in college football. Alabama has relied on Henry to carry them this season. He led the NCAA in carries and there have been times when Alabama gave him 40 or more carries in one game. Each carry has paid off for both the Crimson Tide and Henry who finds himself as the favorite heading into Saturday’s Heisman ceremony.
Get to know Derrick Henry:
Rushing: 339 carries, 1986 yards and 23 touchdowns
Receiving: 10 receptions, 97 yards
Career Rushing Stats: 547 carries, 3,358 yards and 37 touchdowns
July 17, 1994 (21 years old)
Yulee High School
Stacy Veal and Derrick Henry, Sr.
Henry is not publicly dating anyone.
This video starts with highlights of Henry in high school and goes all the way through this season:
Here is a film room session breaking down Henry against LSU. It was the game where he began being looked at as the frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy:
This is another great highlight video of Henry’s career at Alabama:
Why Henry Will Win
Henry enters the Heisman ceremony as the heavy favorite to win the award. He was just shy of 2,000 yards rushing and triple the amount of rushing touchdowns as McCaffrey. Henry broke Herschel Walker’s record for most rushing yards for an SEC player in a season. It was a record that had stood since 1981. He also tied the SEC record for touchdowns in one season with 23.
Since Henry’s performance against LSU and Leonard Fournette, he has been touted by national media as the favorite to win the award. Henry has had the biggest stage of the three candidates with the amount of attention Alabama has had this season.
Why Henry Will Not Win
Henry has had a season of great moments but does lack that signature “Heisman moment” that a player like McCaffrey had in the Pac-12 title game. Part of that was due to his consistency throughout the season. McCaffrey offers voters more versatility and has great stats in three phases of the game. Watson is the best quarterback on the best team and the Heisman award often goes to quarterbacks.