Derrick Henry: 2015 Heisman Trophy Winner
Derrick Henry poses with Head coach Nick Saban and the Heisman
Trophy after being named the 81st Heisman Trophy winner.
Derrick Henry became only the second Alabama Crimson Tide player ever
to win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday, December 11, 2015. In his first season as the team’s full-time starter at Alabama, Derrick
Henry claimed the Crimson Tide’s second Heisman Trophy in program
history ... named Doak Walker and Maxwell Award winner ... selected as
the Walter Camp Player of the Year ... unanimous first team All-American
... first team All-SEC by the league’s coaches and the Associated Press
... selected as the SEC Offensive Player of the Year by both outlets as
well ... rushed for a school- and Southeastern Conference record 1,986
yards to lead the nation and is averaging 152.8 yards per game which is
second in the country ... his 23 rushing touchdowns are also an nation’s
best and a school record also matching Tim Tebow (Florida) and Tre
Mason’s (Auburn) SEC record … led the SEC in rushing in conference
games with a 179.2 yards per game average, including 13 touchdowns …
averaging 180.1 yards per game against ranked teams (seven games) and
144.4 yards per game (15 TDs) against the eight rushing defenses he
has faced ranked in the top 50 nationally ... averaging 105.3 yards
per game after contact, which represents 69 percent of his rushing
yards ... has multiple rushing touchdowns in seven games this season …
matched the Alabama single-season record with nine 100-yard rushing
games this year and four 200-yard games, which breaks Bobby Humphrey’s
school record (3) set in 1986 … just the third running back in SEC
history (Herschel Walker and Bo Jackson) to have four 200-yard games
in a single season ... has netted at least 95 yards in 11 of his 13
games this season ... set the school record with 11 consecutive games
with a rushing touchdown and currently has 18 straight, which is the
most in the SEC in the last 20 years ... caught 10 passes for 97 yards
... accounted for a team-high 100 first down rushes on a school-record
339 rushes ... averaging 5.9 yards per carry ... has 41 explosive rushes
of 12 yards or more and 15 carries of 25 yards or more ... his 1,986
yards rushing and 23 rushing touchdowns are single-season school
records ... named MVP of the SEC Championship Game … garnered SEC
Offensive Player of the Week honors against the Badgers as well as
FWAA and Maxwell Award National Player of the Week accolades ...
five-time SEC Offensive Player of the Week (Wisconsin, Georgia, Texas
A&M, Mississippi State and Auburn) … named the Walter Camp National
Player of the Week after the Auburn game … named one of the UA coaching
staff’s offensive players of the week for his efforts against Wisconsin,
Middle Tennessee, Ole Miss, Georgia, Texas A&M, LSU, Mississippi State,
Auburn and Florida.
Rushed for a then-career-high 147 yards
and three touchdowns on just 13 carries in the season opener ... his
11.3 yards per carry average was also a career high ... the scoring
plays came on runs of 37, 56 and two yards ... also hauled in two
catches for 12 yards to finish with 159 all-purpose yards ... teamed
with Kenyan Drake to rush for a combined 224 yards and four touchdowns
on the night.
Gained 96 yards on 18 carries in just
over a half of action ... scored three rushing touchdowns for the second
straight week and averaged 5.3 yards per carry.
second 100-yard rushing game of the season with 127 yards on 23 carries
and one touchdown ... caught five passes, a career high, for 51 yards,
including two for first downs ... five of his rushes went for first
downs. ULM: Rushed for 52 yards on 13 carries with one touchdown in
limited action after missing several days of practice during the week
due to illness ... gained three first downs.
Led the Crimson
Tide rushing attack with a career-high 148 yards on a then-career-best
26 carries ... also broke off a 30-yard touchdown, his school-record
tying 10th consecutive game with a rushing touchdown ... had four
explosive rushes of 12 yards or more and four rushes that resulted in
Rushed for 95 yards on a career-best 27 carries
with one touchdown ... two rushes for 12 yards or more ... his touchdown
set a new Alabama record for consecutive games with a rushing touchdown.
Had a new career high for rushing yards by the end of the
first quarter on his way to 236 yards on 32 carries ... added two
touchdowns and caught one pass for 18 yards ... had 10 first-down rushes
and six explosive plays.
Recorded his eighth game of at least
95 yards rushing and his fifth 100-yard effort with 143 yards on 28
carries and two touchdowns ... had 12 rushes that accounted for first
downs and four rushes of 12 yards or more ... scored his 13th and 14th
touchdowns of the season.
Gashed the Tigers’ defense for 210 yards
on the ground on a career-best 38 carries and three rushing touchdowns
... averaged 5.5 yards per carry against the nation’s No. 6 rushing
defense entering the game ... carried 10 times (13-play drive) on the
Tide’s final drive to run out the final 9:18 on the clock, accounting
for 78 yards.
Cracked the 200-yard barrier for the
second straight week and the third time this season with 204 yards on
22 carries and two touchdowns ... averaged 9.3 yards per carry and
caught one pass … accounted for seven first downs rushing … had three
explosive plays, including touchdown runs of 74 and 65 yards.
Accounted for all 68 yards rushing on the Crimson Tide’s
first two drives of the game … averaged 7.6 yards per carry on nine
totes … also caught a screen pass for 28 yards and a first down …
scored his 20th and 21st rushing touchdowns of the season with runs
from 17 and two yards out … six of his nine carries went for first
downs … had two runs of more than 12 yards.
Heismanworthy performance as he put the Crimson Tide on his back and
rushed his way past the Tigers on the Plains to the tune of 271 yards
on the ground on a school-record 46 carries … his 271 rushing yards were
11 more yards than Auburn had in total offense (260) … scored a
touchdown on his 46th and final carry on a 25-yard jaunt that capped
14 straight rushes to end the game … his 14 straight rushes is the
second longest in school history (Sherman Williams had 15 straight at
Arkansas in 1994) … earned Walter Camp National Player of the Week
honors and SEC Player of the Week accolades … averaged an astonishing
5.9 yards per carry against the Tigers with 14 first-down rushes and
six explosive plays of 12 yards or more.
Earned MVP honors as
the Crimson Tide won its 25th SEC Championship, rushing for 189 yards
and one touchdown in a 29-15 win over the Gators … had 10 first down
rushes and three explosive plays of 12 yards or more … marked his
school-record ninth 100-yard rushing game of the season.
Derrick Henry's 2015 Awards
||The outstanding college football player whose performance best
exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity. Winners epitomize
great ability combined with diligence, perseverance, and hard work.
||College Player of the Year
|Doak Walker Award:
||The nation's top college football running back
|Walter Camp Award:
||being Player of the Year in college football
|All SEC 1st Team
|SEC Offensive Player of the Year
|SEC Championship MVP
Derrick Henry's 2015 Stats
The Heisman Trophy:
Named after the former Brown University college
football player and coach John Heisman, is awarded annually by the
Heisman Trophy Trust to the most outstanding player in collegiate
football. While it is not the only award honoring the most outstanding
player in college football – Walter Camp Award and Maxwell Award are
awarded to the "best player" – it is considered the most prestigious
and receives the most media attention.
The prestige in the award stems
from several factors. Balloting is open for all football players in
all divisions of college football, though winners usually represent
Division I Football Bowl Subdivision schools. The closest that a
player outside of the modern Division I FBS came to winning the
Heisman is third place. In addition to personal statistics, team
achievements play a heavy role in the voting – a typical Heisman
winner represents a team that had an outstanding season and was most
likely in contention for the national championship or a major
conference championship at some point in that season.