UA’s Derrick Henry named Maxwell Award Player of the Week
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All it took was one game at AT&T Stadium for people to hop back on the train driven by Alabama’s junior running back Derrick Henry. His performance against Wisconsin last week earned him much needed Heisman consideration and player of the week honors from Alabama’s coaching staff and Football Writers Association of America.
The junior was recognized once again Thursday, as the Maxwell Award Foundation named him as its player of the week. Henry totaled 147 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries against the Badgers. He averaged 11.3 yards per carry and caught two passes for 12 yards.
His pass blocking was exceptional, giving senior quarterback Jacob Coker time to make smart decisions on two different plays. Alabama defeated Wisconsin 35-17.
Henry has accounted for six 100-yard rushing performances in his career.
He and the Crimson Tide await Middle Tennessee Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama Magazine and SB Nation. You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @ESPN_Future.