Numbers-wise, Alabama running back Derrick Henry stands tall above his competition.
His 1,797 yards and 22 touchdowns are both Crimson Tide records, and he’s well on his way to breaking the SEC record in both categories.
Those who have watched Henry play have no choice but to corroborate the statistics: This is a man among boys.
Alabama quarterback Jake Coker agrees.
Tuesday afternoon, he told Marq Burnett that playing with Henry is like “playing with the biggest guy on the playground.”
Center Ryan Kelly said “it’s been special” to play with Henry, and that the running back has assumed the same prominent capacity that All-American wideout Amari Cooper filled last year.
“Derrick’s done a great job of taking on a leadership role,” Kelly said. “And I think coach feels comfortable giving him the ball, especially when he can run over 40 times a game and he’s still running with the same amount of speed as snap No. 1.”