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Derrick Henry | Running Back

Team: Alabama Crimson Tide
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 238

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Alabama junior RB Derrick Henry "has the toolbox to lead the conference in rushing this season," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.
"Built like a linebacker, Henry runs as big as he looks with power and toughness, and although he doesn't have the shifty burst like Yeldon, he accelerates easily and finishes behind his pads. He has also improved as a receiver and blocker and fumbled just once last season on 186 touches," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-3, 241-pounder,lead the Crimson Tide in rushing on limited touches, rushing for 990 yards, while averaging 5.8 yards per carry as a sophomore. The super-sized Henry runs a freakish 4.50 forty. Aug 12 - 3:44 PM
Source: CBS Sports

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Alabama junior RB Derrick Henry's "acceleration in the open field is superior to [Eddie] Lacy's," notes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

"You might be reminded of former Tide running back Eddie Lacy when watching Henry, given Henry's dreadlocks, size (6-3, 242) and toughness," Reuter wrote. "However, Henry's acceleration in the open field is superior to Lacy's, which gives Henry a chance to break the 1,000-yard mark in 2015 after rushing for 990 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2014." El Tractorcito runs a 4.50 forty and trains by pushing pickup trucks around.
Jul 26 - 4:20 PM

Per ESPN's Mel Kiper, Alabama junior RB Derrick Henry "has great feet, given his size, and can drop a shoulder and drag tacklers."

"Somewhat quietly, Henry had more total yards and a better yards-per-carry average than teammate (and second-round pick) T.J. Yeldon last season," Kiper wrote. The 6-foot-3, 241-pounder, nicknamed "El Tractorcito," ran for 990 yards as a sophomore last season. He runs a 4.50 forty.
Jul 8 - 6:47 PM

Alabama junior RB Derrick Henry is "just as capable of wearing down a defense as he is running by one," wrote ESPN's Alex Scarborough.

"As the country's record-holder for career rushing yards in high school, he certainly has the hype," wrote Scarborough. "And considering he ran for 990 yards as a sophomore last season, he has the production, too. Granted, Kenyan Drake will steal some of his carries, but with an inexperienced quarterback, there should be plenty of snaps to go around." The 6-foot-3, 238-pounder, nicknamed "El Tractorcito," runs a 4.50 forty. He trains by pushing pickup trucks around.
Jun 3 - 5:09 PM

Alabama junior RB Derrick Henry pushes pickup trucks to train during the offseason.

Henry posted multiple Instagram videos, but they have since been taken down. Last year, Henry flipped monster truck tires. He has graduated to full blown trucks. There might not be a bigger freak, a term of endearment, at the college level. Henry currently stands around 6'3" and 240 lbs.
May 18 - 10:02 AM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris slotted Alabama junior RB Derrick Henry to the New York Giants at No. 22 in a 2016 mock draft.

"Let's continue with more running backs in the first round," Norris wrote. "Zach Whitman has already hinted at Henry’s future SPARQ score. He has long speed along with great power to be first contact. He might give Giants’ fans a good Brandon Jacobs vibe." ESPN's Todd McShay shipped Henry to the Miami Dolphins at No. 29. "He has great size (6-3, 242 pounds) and exceptional power, and he was very effective for the Crimson Tide last season: 990 yards, 5.8 yards per carry and 11 touchdowns to go with two receiving TDs," he wrote. "He isn't the most elusive back, but he's a tough runner with good balance." The 6-foot-3, 238-pounder runs a 4.50 forty.
Source: Rotoworld
May 14 - 9:15 PM

Alabama junior RB Derrick Henry is "built like a linebacker" and "runs as big as he looks with power and toughness, but accelerates easily and finishes behind his pads," wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Henry has also improved as a receiver and blocker, developing into an all-around ballcarrier," wrote Rang. The next NFL running back produced in the Tide pipeline -- following Mark Ingram, Trent Richardson, Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon -- averaged 5.8 yards per carry last season. The 6-foot-3, 238-pound ran a 4.50 forty in spring testing.
Source: CBS Sports
May 10 - 8:10 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes Alabama junior RB Derrick Henry would be the "perfect back for Norv Turner's run-heavy offense."

"Should Adrian Peterson return to Minnesota and at his Hall of Fame level, perhaps the Vikings look elsewhere. Otherwise, Mike Zimmer could see Henry as the perfect back for Norv Turner's run-heavy offense," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-3, 238 pound prospect will have a perfect opportunity to showcase his skill-set, as he takes on a larger role in Alabama's running game in 2015.
Source: CBS Sports
May 6 - 3:03 PM

Alabama junior RB Derrick Henry ran a 4.50 forty at 6'3/242 lbs during the school's spring testing, according to Matt Zenitz.

"Henry also did 440 pounds on the bench press, squatted 500 pounds, recorded a 35-inch vertical jump and had one of the best power cleans on the team (345 pounds)," Zenitz writes. Henry is finally draft eligible, and he and Ezekiel Elliott could compete for the top running back in the 2016 draft. Expect Henry to take on a large role during the 2015 season.
Apr 4 - 8:25 AM

Alabama sophomore RB Derrick Henry rushed for 141 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries in Saturday's win in the SEC Championship.

After putting up 100+ yards rushing in two of Alabama's first four games, Henry hadn't gone over that mark since late September. He finally broke through when it mattered most, repeatedly busting long runs on Missouri and ending the day with 20 carries (to starter T.J. Yeldon's 14) and 141 yards. Henry is a physical monster at 6-foot-3, 238 pounds. His combination of physicality and speed should see him with an increased role in his junior campaign. In his workouts, he flips monster truck tires, so there you go.
Sat, Dec 6, 2014 08:06:00 PM

Alabama sophomore RB Derrick Henry told's Inside Read that he "feels like [he] has a lot more to prove."

Coming into the season, some analysts thought Henry (6-foot-3, 238 pounds) was Alabama's best RB, especially coming off of a Sugar Bowl performance in which he put up 161 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns. T.J. Yeldon has received more carries than the sophomore (135 to 111), but Yeldon's currently dealing with ankle injury, which should give Henry his share of opportunities down the home stretch. "I don’t really try to play to the hype. I just try to tune it out and just focus on me getting better as a player and for my team," said Henry, who has rushed for 554 yards and four touchdowns. According to Inside Read, Henry flips monster truck tires in his workouts.
Wed, Nov 12, 2014 06:12:00 PM

Alabama sophomore RB Derrick Henry rushed for 113 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries in the school's 33-23 win over West Virginia.

Henry, like Georgia's Todd Gurley, has extremely impressive lateral explosiveness for a big back. Henry is not draft eligible, but he might be Alabama's best running back. And that is not taking anything away from T.J. Yeldon.
Sat, Aug 30, 2014 08:08:00 PM

NFL scouts "are already salivating about" Alabama sophomore RB Derrick Henry's pro potential, according to's Bucky Brooks.

The 6-3, 238-pounder runs a 4.52 second forty, a 4.15 second pro-agility shuttle, and a 41-inch vertical. Henry is "an athletic freak with a hard-charging running style that strikes fear in the hearts of defenders at the second level," according to Brooks. "Most impressive, Henry displayed soft hands as a receiver and surprising agility for a man of his size." Henry's every-down ability will appeal to pro scouts, but he isn't eligible for the draft until 2016. "Given the lack of big, athletic backs among the collegiate ranks, Henry's rare combination of size, speed and skill has already piqued the interest of NFL scouts looking for a dynamic workhorse to build around," wrote Brooks.
Fri, May 23, 2014 03:00:00 AM

Alabama freshman RB Derrick Henry rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown on eight carries in the school's 45-31 loss to Oklahoma.

Henry is technically the school's third string running back, and he suffered a fractured tibia during spring practice, but he was an instant impact in this game. Henry is a ridiculous athlete and is very explosive, both in the open field and when dealing with contact. He added one catch for 61 yards and a touchdown.
Fri, Jan 3, 2014 11:39:00 AM

Alabama freshman RB Derrick Henry suffered a fractured tibia during the school's spring scrimmage.

Henry's high school coach added that surgery was performed and a plate was inserted. It appears as though Henry will be healthy enough to fully participate in the Crimson Tide's summer camp. The Alabama backfield is already packed with talent, and Henry likely won't be relied on during his freshman season.
Source: Tide Sports
Wed, May 1, 2013 09:26:00 AM