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Alabama sophomore settling in at wide receiver after switching from RB

Alabama's Emmanuel Henderson (#24) celebrates a touchdown against Vanderbilt in 2022 game with Jamarion Miller (#26) and Shazz Preston (#18).
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Alabama football brought in one of the nation’s top running backs in the 2022 recruiting cycle, but has he settled in at a different position?

Emmanuel Henderson, a former five-star from Hartford, Ala., was an incredible football, basketball, and track athlete at Geneva County High School. The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder possesses speed, quickness, explosiveness, and big-play abilities. The Crimson Tide transitioned him to wide receiver in his freshman year. He saw action in 13 games as a receiver and on special teams.


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Henderson caught one pass for 14 yards and made three tackles. After Alabama lost a few receivers to the NCAA transfer portal, he looks forward to becoming impactful at the position. Henderson shared a video to social media of him running routes and catching passes in offseason training. Coach Nick Saban said last season that Henderson had started to blossom as a receiver.

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Spring practice will show where he fits best into the offensive attack.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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