Derrick Henry 16/1 to win Heisman
TUSCALOOSA, AL (The Spread) - After rushing for 990 yards and 11 touchdowns last year as T.J. Yeldon's backup, will Alabama's Derrick Henry challenge for the Heisman Trophy this season?
According to oddsmakers from online sports book, Bovada.lv, Henry is currently 16/1 to win the Heisman this year. Those are the same odds given to Ohio State quarterbacks Braxton Miller and Cardale Jones, respectively, as well as Clemson signal-caller Deshaun Watson. OSU running back Ezekiel Elliott is the current favorite to win the award at 6/1.
Henry turned heads a year ago when he averaged 5.8 yards per carry as a sophomore. He rushed 172 times for 990 yards with 11 touchdowns while also adding five catches for 133 yards and two additions scores through the air. His best performance came in the SEC title game when he gained 141 yards on 20 carries and scored twice in a 42-13 rout of Missouri.
A quarterback has won the Heisman in five consecutive years dating back to 2010 when Cam Newton took home the honors. The last running back to win was Alabama's Mark Ingram of 2009. With Alabama expected to challenge for a playoff spot again in 2015-16, Henry will definitely be in the mix to win the Heisman now that he'll be the Tide's lead back.