Derrick Henry

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Derrick Henry
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Henry (No. 2) at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl
No. 22 Tennessee Titans
Position: Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1994-07-17) July 17, 1994 (age 22)
Place of birth: Yulee, Florida
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 247 lb (112 kg)
Career information
High school: Yulee (FL)
College: Alabama
NFL Draft: 2016 / Round: 2 / Pick: 45
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2016
Rushing yards: 490
Rushing average: 4.5
Rushing touchdowns: 5
Receptions: 13
Receiving yards: 137
Receiving touchdowns: 0
Player stats at

Derrick Henry (born July 17, 1994) is an American football running back for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the Alabama Crimson Tide, and was drafted in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft by the Titans. In December 2015, he broke Herschel Walker's single season college rushing yards record in the SEC. He won the 2015 Heisman Trophy, as well as the Doak Walker Award, the Maxwell Award, and the Walter Camp Award. Henry also holds the national high school football record for career rushing yards.

Early years[edit]

Henry attended Yulee High School in Yulee, Florida, where he was a three-sport star in football, basketball and track. He played as a running back for the Yulee Hornets football team. He ran for 2,465 yards and 26 touchdowns as a freshman in 2009. He was named a first-team All-Coast at running back in 2010 after rushing for 2,788 yards and 38 touchdowns while averaging 8.9 yards per attempt. He rushed for 2,610 yards and 34 scores as a junior in 2011 to earn first-team All-Coast honors from the Florida Times-Union. He set the Florida high school record with a 510-yard performance against Jacksonville Jackson and averaged 9.2 yards per carry and 327.8 yards per game as a senior, finishing the season with a state-record 4,261 yards and 55 touchdowns.[1] He finished his high school football career with 12,124 career rushing yards, which broke Ken Hall's career record.[2][3] He also rushed for 153 career touchdowns. He played for the East squad in the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, where he rushed for 53 yards with a touchdown and a two-point conversion.[4]

As a track & field athlete, Henry competed as a sprinter at Yulee from 2010 to 2011. He posted a personal-best time of 11.11 seconds in the 100-meter dash at the 2011 FHSAA 2A District 3 Championships, where he placed seventh.[5] He was also a member of the 4×100 and 4×400 squads.[6]

Considered a five-star recruit by, Henry was listed as the No. 1 athlete (player with no designated position) in the nation in 2013.[7] After originally committing to the University of Georgia, Henry committed to the University of Alabama in September 2012.[8]

College career[edit]

As a true freshman in 2013, Henry rushed for 382 yards on 36 carries with three touchdowns. During the 2014 Sugar Bowl, he rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown on eight carries and had a 61-yard touchdown reception.[9] Sharing time with T. J. Yeldon his sophomore year in 2014, Henry rushed for 990 yards on 172 carries with 11 touchdowns.

After Yeldon left for the NFL, Henry took over as the starting running back as a junior in 2015. Playing in all 15 games, he rushed for SEC records 2,219 yards and 28 touchdowns on 395 carries.[10][11] Henry won the Heisman Trophy, beating out finalists Christian McCaffrey and Deshaun Watson.[12] He won numerous other awards including the Doak Walker Award, Walter Camp Award, and Maxwell Award.[13] During Alabama's victory over Clemson in the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship, he rushed for 158 yards on 36 carries with three touchdowns. During the game, he also broke Shaun Alexander's record for most career rushing yards in Alabama history.[14]

College statistics
Rushing Receiving
Year Team Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds TD
2013 Alabama 36 382 10.6 80 3 1 61 1
2014 Alabama 172 990 5.8 49 11 5 113 2
2015 Alabama 395 2,219 5.6 74 28 10 97 0
Career 603 3,591 6.0 80 42 16 291 3

Professional career[edit]

Coming out of Alabama, Henry was projected by the majority of analysts to be either drafted in the late first or second round. He was the overall consensus second best running back available behind Ohio State's Ezekiel Elliot. Scouts regarded his main assets his large frame, violent running, ability to break tackles with ease, speed, long strides, superior conditioning, and consistent play. The main concerns were about the wear and tear his body took as a workhorse at Alabama, his slow acceleration, average foot quickness, below-average catching ability with his hands, narrow based running style, sluggish cutbacks, and his problem with running tall.[15]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 2⅝ in 247 lb 33 in 8¾ in 4.54 s 1.60 s 2.67 s 4.38 s 7.20 s 37 in 10 ft 10 in 22 reps
All values from NFL Combine[15][16]

Henry was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the second round (45th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft. He was reunited with his former fullback at Alabama Jalston Fowler.

On May 9, 2016, the Tennessee Titans signed Henry to a four-year, $5.40 million contract with $3.30 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $2.13 million.[17]

Henry began his rookie season as the backup running back to veteran DeMarco Murray. He wore #2 throughout training camp and preseason and donned #22 once running back Dexter McCluster was cut on September 2, 2016.[18] He made his professional regular season debut and earned his first career start in the Titan's season opening loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Henry finished the game with five carries for 3 rushing yards and two receptions for 41 receiving yards.

On October 27, 2016, Derrick Henry scored his first career touchdown on a 6-yard run in a 36-22 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. He finished the game with 16 carries for 69 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown and four catches for 37 receiving yards. On December 18, 2016, he had nine rushing attempts for 58 rushing yards and a season-high two rushing touchdowns in a 19-17 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. During a Week 17 Matchup against the Houston Texans, he ran for a season-high 65-yards on 15 carries and scored a touchdown in a 24-17 victory. Henry finished his rookie season with 110 carries for 490 rushing yards and five touchdowns in 15 games and two starts. He also caught 13 passes for 137 receiving yards.[19]


  1. ^ "Derrick Henry Bio - ROLLTIDE.COM - University of Alabama Official Athletic Site". Rolltide.Com. Retrieved 2015-09-29. 
  2. ^ "Derrick Henry of Yulee (Fla.) High School breaks career high school rushing record". 2012-11-17. Retrieved 2015-09-29. 
  3. ^ "Derrick Henry Breaks High School Rushing Record: Yulee Running Back Tops Ken Hall's Yards Mark". 2012-11-16. Retrieved 2015-09-29. 
  4. ^ "Derrick Henry scores TD in U.S. Army All-American Bowl". Retrieved 2015-09-29. 
  5. ^ "Derrick Henry - FL Track and Field Profile". Retrieved 2015-09-29. 
  6. ^ "Derrick Henry | Alabama RB". Retrieved 2015-09-29. 
  7. ^ "Derrick Henry - Football Recruiting - Player Profiles - ESPN". Retrieved 2015-09-29. 
  8. ^ "Record-setting RB Derrick Henry commits to Alabama Crimson Tide". 2012-09-29. Retrieved 2015-09-29. 
  9. ^ Bromberg, Nick (2014-01-03). "Alabama’s Derrick Henry breaks out for 100 yards and two touchdowns in Sugar Bowl loss | Dr. Saturday - Yahoo Sports". Retrieved 2015-09-29. 
  10. ^ Derrick Henry breaks Herschel Walker's SEC rushing record
  11. ^ Alabama RB Derrick Henry breaks SEC record for single season rushing TDs
  12. ^ Alabama's Derrick Henry wins Heisman; Christian McCaffrey 2nd
  13. ^ Alabama RB Derrick Henry wins Maxwell Award, Doak Walker Award
  14. ^ Derrick Henry breaks Shaun Alexander's Bama rushing record
  15. ^ a b NFL Scouting Combine profile
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  17. ^ Kevin Patra (May 9, 2016). "Tennessee Titans sign Derrick Henry to rookie contract". Retrieved December 20, 2016. 
  18. ^ " Tennessee Titan's depth chart". Retrieved December 20, 2016. 
  19. ^ "NFL Player Profile: Derrick Henry". Retrieved December 20, 2016. 

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