Alabama running back Derrick Henry capped a legendary regular season by winning the second Heisman Trophy in Crimson Tide history on Saturday night.
“I’m a little nervous,” he said after taking the stage in New York. “I don’t do this everyday.”
The junior (1,832 points) beat out Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey (1,539) and Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson (1,165), and now has an all-time stack of hardware, including the amateur trophy triumvirate:
- Heisman Trophy
- Maxwell Award (player of the year)
- Walter Camp Award (player of the year)
Since the Camp award was installed in 1967, there have only been two SEC backs who won all three: Henry and Georgia legend Herschel Walker.
Saturday, Henry thanked his family, teammates and coaches before dedicating the award to late ex-teammate Altee Tenpenny.
“I never thought I’d be up here,” he said. “But God is good. But I get on my hands and knees every night and pray and thank him for everything. So just keep God first. Always pray. And always chase your dream.”
Henry is currently at the top of the SEC record book for single-season rushing yards (1,986) and rushing touchdowns (23), and still has at least one game remaining. He follows in the footsteps of former Alabama running back Mark Ingram, who became the first Tide player to win the Heisman in 2009.
This week included a truckload of other accolades — including consensus All-American honors, first-team All-SEC and Alabama MVP — and Henry is now (presumably) done adding to his resumé before Alabama takes on Michigan State in the College Football Playoff.
The Crimson Tide and Spartans kick off the Cotton Bowl at 8 pm ET (ESPN) on New Year’s Eve.