The Alabama Crimson Tide will have a great combination of running backs this season. T.J. Yeldon will enter his third season as the likely choice for the starting running back role. The junior is fresh off back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons and looks to be the go-to back for the Tide in 2014. Don’t tell that to Derrick Henry, though.
Henry had a decent year backing up Yeldon in 2013, but he should improve immensely during his sophomore campaign. During his true freshman season, Henry rushed for 382 yards and three touchdowns. He also added one reception for a 61-yard touchdown. Many people had heard about Henry coming out of high school, as the talented player was one of the most sought after running backs in the entire country.
It wasn’t until the 2014 Sugar Bowl that Henry really burst onto the scene. He showed the entire country just what type of back he can be when given the opportunity. Henry rushed eight times for 100 yards to go along with his only reception on the year, which he happened to take to the house for a 61-yard score. During the game, Henry displayed good vision and great speed for running back who is 6-foot-3 and 238-pounds.
Henry didn’t have the best showing during the spring game, finishing with only 22 yards on eight carries. He didn’t have the showing he was expecting, but don’t let those stats fool you. He proved against a decent Oklahoma Sooners defense that he can be a great back in the SEC. I expect Henry to be the next great running back for the Tide. It’s not very often that a player of his size has such great athleticism. Look for him to blow up during his second season in the Tide’s offense.