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Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry records his first NFL touchdown

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (No. 2) celebrates his first TD against San Diego: Joshua Lindsey - USA TODAY Sports

All Alabama fans should raise their glass on this one.

Former Crimson Tide running back and 2015 Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry made a statement on Saturday, when he recorded his first rushing touchdown as a professional athlete for the Tennessee Titans against San Diego. The 6-foot-3, 247-pound back ran through a couple of tacklers for a six-yard score in the second quarter, capping off an 87-yard drive in nine plays.

Henry received the most carries (10) among the six backs rotated, amassing 74 rushing yards and a touchdown. He averaged 7.4 yards per carry, with his longest attempt going for 16 yards.

The 2015 national champion still has some things he needs to improve on, but coach Mike Mularkey and the Titans love what it has in Henry. He became the first back in Southeastern Conference history to total 2,000 rushing yards (2,219) in a single season during the 2015 campaign.

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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