GAMEDAY: Analyzing Henry's Heisman campaign
By Elliott Propes | Staff ReporterBy Elliott Propes | 11/20/2015 9:25am
Derrick Henry drew the attention from Leonard Fournette to himself as potential a Heisman candidate. CW | Layton Dudley
Henry backed that performance up with another 200+plus yard performance against No. 17 Mississippi State. Henry ran for 200+ yards in three out of the last four games, and most analysts believe that Henry has very little chance of losing the trophy now. He is college football’s second leading rusher, just 16 yards behind Fournette, and is leading the No. 2 Crimson Tide to what looks like another national championship run.
Right now Henry has 1,458 yards rushing and 19 touchdowns, which leads the nation. Henry has also put up great numbers against AP top 25 opponents with 1072 yards and 12 touchdowns. He has been the workhorse for Alabama’s offense all season and is averaging 145.8 yards per game. He will most likely surpass Fournette for the rushing lead if Alabama plays in the SEC championship. If Henry were to run just his average the next three games, he will total 1,895 yards. That total will surpass Alabama Heisman winner Mark Ingram’s total by 237 yards.
In Henry’s last four games, he is averaging even more yards per game at 198 YPG. If he were to carry out that average over the potential of five more games Henry could finish the season with 2,448 yards. That total would rank as fourth all-time for season total rushing yards. With his 19 touchdowns in ten games, another 9-10 touchdowns would be possible over five games, reaching a total of 29 or 30 touchdowns. That total would put him fourth or fifth on that list as well, making his season historic.
Last season, Melvin Gordon finished with the second all-time season rushing yards with 2,587 yards, but received 1,284 less votes than winner Marcus Mariota. If Henry were to win the Heisman, he would be the first running back to do so since Alabama’s Ingram did in 2009.
One thing that may help Henry’s case is the overall team’s success. Wisconsin did not go to the playoff last year, and it may have hurt Gordon’s chances more than it should have. Four out of the last six Heisman winners went on to play in the national title. So if Alabama were to go on to play in the playoff, his stats and his team’s record will most likely propel him to become the second ever Heisman winner from Alabama.