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Running back Derrick Henry powers Tennessee Titans to second preseason win

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (No. 2) scores 3-yard TD against Oakland on Saturday: Kirby Lee - USA TODAY Sports

All the doubts concerning Derrick Henry’s running style are being put to rest.

He’s always had the power and speed, but with former Alabama standout Sylvester Croom working with him on footwork and blocking techniques, the 2015 Heisman Trophy winner has gotten better.

Henry carried the ball 12 times for 49 yards, including a three-yard touchdown run for Tennessee in the second quarter during its preseason match-up against the Oakland Raiders.


The 6-foot-3, 247-pound back has totaled 27 carries for 146 rushing yards and two scores through three exhibition games. He’s averaged 5.9 yards per tot, and has been a solid complement to DeMarco Murray and Marcus Mariota—who accounted for 170 passing yards against Oakland.

Henry became the first back in Southeastern Conference history to record 2,000 rushing yards in a season. He guided Alabama to a national title in 2015, posting 2,219 yards rushing and 28 touchdowns on 395 carries. The Titans took him in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

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

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