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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.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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