Heisman Trophy-winning running back Derrick Henry has played his last down in Tuscaloosa.
The junior declared for the 2016 NFL Draft on Thursday, according to a tweet from ESPN’s Joe Schad. Henry rushed for an SEC record 2,219 yards and 28 touchdowns in 15 games this past season.
His departure has been a foregone conclusion for some time now. Many expect Henry to be drafted in either the first or second round this spring.
“It’s hard to look at what he’s done this year and think there’s anything more that he can do,” ESPN’s Todd McShay said last month. “The guy’s been an absolute workhorse. Love his competitiveness. Just carrying that football team when it needed to be carried. Everyone in the gym knew he was getting the ball, and he still was able to churn up yards.”
Earlier this week, fellow juniors Tim Williams and Eddie Jackson both announced they will be staying at Alabama for their senior seasons.
“We can win this thing again baby!!” Williams tweeted.
Underclassmen A’Shawn Robinson, Jonathan Allen, O.J. Howard and Reuben Foster have yet to make a decision.