Alabama running back Derrick Henry was announced the Heisman Trophy winner on Saturday night. He is now the first running back to win the Heisman Trophy since Ingram, and second from Alabama. He beat Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson and Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey with 1,832 points.
Henry’s 293-point margin is the smallest since Alabama’s Mark Ingram beat Stanford’s Toby Gerhart in 2009. Henry’s proverbial Heisman moment was on Nov. 7, when he outrushed LSU star Leonard Fournette, 210-31. It was at that time that he replaced with Fournette as the Heisman front-runner.
At that point Henry started to figuratively and literally carry Alabama to an SEC title and a spot in the playoffs. The 6’3″, 240-pound junior had 90 carries over his last two games against rival Auburn and Florida. For the season, he had a whopping 339 carries times for 1,986 yards and 23 touchdowns.
The yardage was good enough for Henry to brake Herschel Walker’s SEC single-season yardage record. The 23 touchdowns were good enough to move into a 1st-place tie for the conference record. Henry and the Crimson Tide will face Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl on Dec. 31 in a College Football Playoff semifinal.
Barring an injury, Henry will go over the 2,000-yard mark in that game. On Thursday, Henry’s Maxwell (top player), Walter Camp (top player) and Doak Walker (top RB) awards were precursors to Saturdays big one. If he enters the 2016 NFL Draft, a national title would make him one of the most highly decorated prospects.
That’s too much not to be taken in the first round!