A Heisman Shift: Running Back Wins It

Alabama's Derrick Henry takes honor, busting string of QBs
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 12, 2015 8:52 PM CST
A Heisman Shift: Running Back Wins It
Alabama's Derrick Henry, left, answers questions for the media as Stanford's Christian McCaffrey looks on before the start of the Heisman Trophy presentation show.   (Julie Jacobson)

Derrick Henry has won the Heisman Trophy, becoming just the third running back to take college football's top honor in the past 16 years. The 6-foot-3, 242-pound Henry broke Herschel Walker's Southeastern Conference record with 1,986 yards rushing and matched an SEC mark with 23 touchdowns, leading No. 2 Alabama to the College Football Playoff. Still, one former NFL scout tells Jacksonville.com that Henry's heavy workload in college could drop him into the fourth round if he decides to turn pro. Henry, for his part, is tired of hearing about that line of criticism, reports AL.com.

"People make a big deal about these carries," he said. "I mean, I want the ball. I want to play so it's not a big deal to me." Stanford's do-it-all running back Christian McCaffrey was the runner-up. Deshaun Watson, quarterback of No. 1 Clemson, finished third. Henry and the Crimson Tide (12-1) play Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl on Dec. 31. (More Derrick Henry stories.)

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