Derrick Henry: 2015 Heisman Trophy Winner

  Coach Nick Saban and Mark Ingram
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.

Wisconsin: 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.

Middle Tennessee: 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.

Ole Miss: Recorded his 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.

Georgia: 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 first downs.

Arkansas: 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.

Texas A&M: 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.

Tennessee: 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.

LSU: 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.

Mississippi State: 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.

Charleston Southern: 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.

Auburn: Produced another 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.

Florida: 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
Heisman Trophy: 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.
Maxwell Award: 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
Unanimous All-American
All SEC 1st Team
SEC Offensive Player of the Year
SEC Champion
SEC Championship MVP

Derrick Henry's 2015 Stats
Date Opponent Rushes Yards TD's Recs Yards TD's
Sept. 5 (20)Wisconsin 13 147 3 2 12 0
Sept. 12 Middle Tennessee 18 96 3 0 0 0
Sept. 19 (17)Mississippi 23 127 1 5 39 0
Sept. 26 Louisiana-Monroe 13 52 1 0 0 0
Oct. 3 (8)Georgia 26 148 1 0 0 0
Oct. 10 Arkansas 27 95 1 0 0 0
Oct. 17 (9)Texas A&M 32 236 2 1 18 0
Oct. 24 Tennessee 28 143 2 0 0 0
Nov. 7 (2)LSU 38 210 3 0 0 0
Nov. 14 (17)Mississippi State 22 204 2 1 0 0
Nov. 21 Charleston Southern 9 68 2 1 28 0
Nov. 27 Auburn 46 271 1 0 0 0
Dec. 5 (12)Florida 44 189 1 0 0 0
Dec. 31 (3)Michigan State 20 75 2 1 -6 0
359 2061 25 11 91 0

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.