Thirteen teams have squared off with Alabama and Derrick Henry this season. Few — if any — have been able to solve the Heisman Trophy-winning running back who has shattered multiple records and torched defense after defense.
Michigan State is the next team tasked with trying to find an answer for Henry when the Spartans and Crimson Tide face off in the Cotton Bowl on Thursday night.
According to AL.com’s Matt Zenitz, it’s been a revolving door of sorts on the Spartans’ practice field as they continue to have several players attempt to mimic Henry.
According to Zenitz, Michigan State has used had a handful of players try to play the 6-foot-3, 245-pound Henry’s role on the scout team, including a pair of linebackers. The coaching staff also reportedly considered using a 250-pound tight end.
But perhaps the short answer is that Michigan State has no answer. Henry is in a category of his own.
“You can’t simulate,” co-defensive coordinator Mike Tressel said, according to Zenitz. “We’ve never had a Heisman Trophy winner in the history of Michigan State. How do we simulate that? But we look forward to the challenge.”