The 2015 Alabama Crimson Tide football schedule has started their season exactly how they wanted to. This team is poised to compete for another championship and one of the main players to get them to the top is running back Derrick Henry.
Henry came into college football rated as one of the top running back s in the class of 2013. He was highly touted after some great seasons in high school that included 2,610 yards rushing and 34 touchdowns his junior year. That season he earned the 2011 first-team All-Coast honors by the Florida Times-Union.
When he was being recruited there were a massive amount of schools vying for his services.
Rivals had Henry rated as the 36th best player in the nation and the 5th best running back in the class of 2013. He was a prized recruit and everyone knew it.
After a long recruiting process, Henry committed to Alabama over Georgia and Tennessee.
Since joining the Crimson Tide, Henry has been an effective running back. During the first season in the backfield, Henry was the 3rd string running back behind T.J. Yeldon and Kenyan Drake. This was an impressive stable of running backs so Henry just had to wait his turn.
Henry did well despite being 3rd string that season. He carried the ball 36 times for 382 yards and 3 touchdowns. This was impressive as a freshman so his sophomore season was set to be even better.
Last season, Henry moved up a roster spot to 2nd string as he got a great deal of carries behind T.J. Yeldon. He carried the ball 172 times for 990 yards and 11 touchdowns. Henry actually outrushed Yeldon that season.
Now Henry finally gets the reins of the backfield for his junior year.
Henry has been impressive thus far in the 2015 season. It has been clear that the combination of his size and speed makes it extremely difficult for defends to take him down.
Henry started the season with 13 carries for 147 yards and 3 touchdowns in a victory against the Wisconsin Badgers 35-17. This was a great performance and earned him AutoNation FWAA Offensive Player of the Week.
This great performance then transferred over to week two as Alabama took on Middle Tennessee State. Henry rushed for 96 yards on 18 carries and also scored 3 times in the 37-10 victory.
Henry has put his mark on college football through two games this season and I don’t see him slowing down. Alabama has one of the best running backs in the nation, if not the best.
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