Derrick Henry is the sixth player in Alabama history to finish in the the top three of Heisman Trophy voting.
Whether he becomes the second player to win it won’t be decided until Saturday night.
Monday, Henry was listed alongside Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey and Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson as a finalist for the storied award.
Former Crimson Tide running back Mark Ingram is the only Alabama player to ever win the Heisman, but Henry has a good shot to snag No. 2.
The ‘Bama back has already set an SEC record with 1,986 rushing yards this season, and his 23 rushing touchdowns are tied for the single-season conference mark.
SEC Nation’s Joe Tessitore had plenty of confidence in Henry’s campaign this past Friday.
“Derrick Henry is as much of a runaway winner right now as we’ve had in the modern era of the Heisman,” Tessitore said. “That doesn’t mean he’s gonna win by that margin, but going into this final weekend, Derrick Henry is out in front in all of the projections.”
That was before Henry rolled to 189 yards and a touchdown against Florida to secure Alabama’s second straight SEC title.
“At 5.9 yards per carry, Henry hasn’t been as efficient as other stellar backs,” Ellis wrote. “Henry has also carried the ball 339 times, more than any other FBS player.”
The Heisman ceremony will be broadcast on this Saturday, Dec. 12, at 8 pm ET (ESPN).