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Alabama RB Derrick Henry to forgo senior year, declares for NFL Draft

Cedric Mason- Touchdown Alabama Magazine

Alabama’s second Heisman Trophy winner finished this season as a legend.

Crimson Tide running back Derrick Henry totaled 2,219 rushing yards and 28 touchdowns on 395 carries. He accounted for ten 100-yard games, four 200-yard rushing performances and became the first back in Southeastern Conference history to rush for 2,000 yards in a single season.

He shattered SEC records that were held by Vincent “Bo” Jackson, Herschel Walker and Tim Tebow, while extending his own scoring streak to 20 consecutive games with a touchdown. The 6-foot-3, 242-pound junior has decided to forgo his senior season and declare for the 2016 NFL Draft, per ESPN’s college football insider Joe Schad.

Henry swept the College Football Awards, earning Walter Camp, Doak Walker and Maxwell national honors. He recorded 158 rushing yards and three touchdowns in Alabama’s national title game win over Clemson. His career ends as the Crimson Tide’s all-time leading rusher with 3,591 rushing yards. Henry is tied with ex-Alabama back and Heisman winner Mark Ingram for most rushing scores in a career with 42.

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama MagazineYou can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @ESPN_Future.


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