Alabama Crimson Tide running back Derrick Henry was awarded the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night for his sensational 2015 season. Henry is the second ever player to win a Heisman at Alabama and the first since fellow running back Mark Ingram did it in 2009. Ingram was also the last running back to take home the award and the last non-quarterback since Reggie Bush in 2005 (since vacated).
Henry broke Hershel Walker’s single-season SEC rushing record in the SEC Championship game against the Florida Gators. He finished the season with 1,986 yards on 339 carries and 23 touchdowns. All three of those stats led the Football Bowl Subdivision. He rushed for more yards than 53 schools and scored more rushing touchdowns than 68. He had more carries than Washington State did as a program.
He also caught 10 passes for 97 yards through the air.
The junior picked up steam as the season wore on. He had four 200-yard performances in his last seven games, averaging 188.7 yards in that stretch. While his season average was 152.8 yards per game, he raised his level of play against elite competition, averaging an NCAA-best 180.1 against top 25 opponents.
Clemson Tigers quarterback Deshaun Watson and Stanford Cardinal running back Christian McCaffrey were the other Heisman finalists.