Leonard Fournette would have already run away with SEC Player of the Year if not for one man: Alabama junior running back Derrick Henry.
Fournette, Henry’s counterpart on the Bayou, has put forth historic numbers (1,352 yards, 15 touchdowns) through seven games. Henry has been able to stay in the same anzip code with 1,044 yards d 14 touchdowns, and the pair will meet on Saturday night in Tuscaloosa.
Speaking with the media on Monday afternoon, Alabama quarterback Jake Coker said Henry has been looked over by reporters and fans alike due to Fournette’s accomplishments.
“He gets overshadowed for sure,” he told TimesHerald.com’s Alex Byington. “He’s a beast.”
Last week, Alabama coach Nick Saban said Henry is a “taller, longer version” of Fournette, but that the LSU running back was “one of the best running backs we’ve ever seen” during the recruitment process.
The coach added that “more opportunities” and “more confidence” are two of the biggest reasons Henry has been thrown into the Heisman race alongside Fournette this year.
“He gets in a rhythm,” Saban said. “The more he carries the ball, the better he gets.”