Alabama RB Derrick Henry storms back into Heisman Trophy race
Derrick Henry never gives himself credit in postgame interviews. He deflects questions about willpower and eye-popping statistics while praising his offensive line’s execution.
So when you need a quote about Henry’s dominance, you don’t go to him; You go to Jake Coker.
Is Henry the best back in the nation?
“You’re damn right he is,” Coker said after Alabama’s dominant 30-16 win over No. 2 LSU on Saturday night.
The senior quarterback had a front-row seat to the show, watching Henry gash the Tigers for 210 yards and three touchdowns on 38 carries.
Henry tied Tim Tebow’s SEC mark for consecutive games with a rushing touchdown and now has 17 on the season — one more than LSU stud Leonard Fournette, who entered Saturday’s game as the clear Heisman Trophy front-runner.
Fournette (19 carries for 31 yards and a late touchdown) left Bryant-Denny Stadium in Henry’s shadow, a shocking turn of events considering that several Heisman experts didn’t have Henry in their top five this past week.
Through nine games, he has 1,254 yards on 218 carries, and he has racked up 173.6 yards per contest against ranked teams (Wisconsin, Ole Miss, Georgia, Texas A&M and LSU).
“I’m not really worried about the Heisman,” he said.
But after Saturday, everyone else is.