The Alabama Crimson Tide fan base is absolutely reeling. Nick Saban‘s usually dominant team took the field for the first time since November on Thursday and many Alabama fans are now wishing the players had just stayed in the locker room — everyone except for Derrick Henry, that is.
Henry went into the Sugar Bowl matchup with the Oklahoma Sooners as a total afterthought, but finished the game with two touchdowns on 10 carries, and suddenly became everyone’s favorite running back. The redshirt freshman has had a crazy month as the 19-year old has gone from not even touching the ball against the Auburn Tigers in late November to trending on Twitter a little over a month later.
Needless to say, if Henry enters next season playing like he did in the Sugar Bowl then this running back might be trending on Twitter a lot more than we initially expected. In fact, many Crimson Tide fans will tell you that Henry has a legitimate claim at the Heisman Trophy Award, something that hasn’t seen Tuscaloosa since 2009. One of the few factors that could hold him back actually involves teammate T.J. Yeldon.
Considering 2014 will be Yeldon’s Junior season, I fully expect Saban to have Yeldon and Henry split carries, which would make it hard for the latter to make a serious Heisman Trophy case.