Alabama coach Nick Saban had some high praise for Arkansas tight end Hunter Henry Wednesday during the SEC teleconference.
“Hunter Henry is probably, in my mind, maybe the best tight end in the country,” Saban said. “In terms of: He’s got great size, he’s very athletic, he’s a very good receiver, but he blocks well, he does everything you could ask a guy to do.”
Henry undoubtedly stood out on film, as the 6-foot-5, 255-pounder has racked up 20 receptions for 268 yards and a touchdown already this season. But what’s impressed Saban, and most assuredly every other coach the Razorbacks have played this season, is Henry’s ability to be an asset on both running and passing downs.
“I think in this day and age, that’s kinda the perfect tight end that you can have,” Saban said. “He’s a fantastic player, and he gives them a lot of diversity because you never know where the guy’s gonna line up.”
Razorbacks coach Bret Bielema certainly has had high praise for Henry in the past, and he hopes having a big tight end that can be utilized in multiple ways will be something that can help his team Saturday when Arkansas travels to face the Crimson Tide.
“We went back and watched two years ago (against Alabama),” Bielema said. “Hunter played in this game at less than 215 (pounds), and he looked like a high school kid running around trying to play in the SEC. Now, he weighs 255 pounds, he understands our concepts, [and] does a lot of things very, very well.”
Henry made an impact from the day he stepped foot on campus in Fayetteville, but with two years of experience under his belt, and a lot more weight on his body, he’s highly regarded by every coach preparing for the Razorbacks.
“He’s just really, really good in everything he does, “ Bielema said. “He’s one of those guys from a tight end standpoint that catches really good, blocks really good and understands the concepts really good. He just doesn’t have any flaws or fleas.”
Nick Saban: "Hunter Henry is maybe in my mind the best tight end in the country … He does everything you could ask a guy to do."
— Ben Jones (@BW_Jones) October 7, 2015