As expected, Alabama’s Derrick Henry took home the Doak Walker Award for the nation’s best running back, as it was announced during the The Home Depot College Football Awards ceremony held on Thursday night. He is the second Alabama running back to win the award after Trent Richardson won the award in 2011.
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Henry beat out Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey for the award, as well as out-distancing fellow SEC running back Leonard Fournette from LSU in the voting.
It was a special season as Henry broke Herschel Walker’s SEC single-season rushing record. Henry has been carrying Alabama’s offense all season long and has been an integral factor in getting the Crimson Tide to the College Football Playoff for the second consecutive year. With great size and downhill running ability, Henry is an absolute load to handle and very difficult to tackle.
Henry, a 6’3”, 242-pound junior from Yulee, Florida, has rushed for 1,986 yards and 23 touchdowns on 339 carries this season. With the Doak Walker Award ad the Maxwell Award in tow, he’ll be viewed as a heavy favorite to win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday.
Henry and the Crimson Tide will await Michigan State in the College Football Playoff semifinals on December 31.