Alabama running back Derrick Henry won the Maxwell Award as the nation’s top overall player at the The Home Depot College Football Awards ceremony held on Thursday night. This was his second award of the night as he also (and predictably) won the Doak WakerAward as the nation’s best running back. He is the first running back to win the Maxwell Award since Penn State’s Larry Johnson won it in 2002.
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Henry is coming off a very special season, as he broke Herschel Walker’s SEC’s single-season rushing record. He has been carrying Alabama’s offense all season long 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.
He beat out Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey and Clemson’s Deshaun Watson for the Maxwell Award. As such, he’ll be viewed as a heavy favorite to win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday.
The 6’3”, 242-pound junior from Yulee, Florida, has rushed for 1,986 yards and 23 touchdowns on 339 carries this season. He has been the focal point of the Crimson Tide’s offense, while keeping his team in playoff contention all season long.
Henry and the Crimson Tide will await Michigan State in the College Football Playoff semifinals on December 31.