@kinghenry_2 aight let’s do it
— AJ McCarron (@10AJMcCarron) January 28, 2013
There will be a new weapon in the Alabama Crimson Tide backfield come next season, and he’s already calling for the ball.
This brief exchange on Twitter between quarterback AJ McCarron and 2013 signee and early enrollee Derrick Henry indicates that the five-star athlete out of Yulee, Florida is ready to contribute to the Crimson Tide offense.
The 6-foot-3, 240-pound Henry amassed an incredible 12,212 rushing yards in his high school career, racking up 153 touchdowns in the process. Along the way he broke Ken Hall’s longstanding high school career rushing record, which had stood for 59 years.
Henry has eight receiving touchdowns in his high school career as well, and has even passed for two scores.
He’s no threat to take the starting job from McCarron, of course. The Tide’s senior signal-caller needs just 1,870 yards next season to break John Parker Wilson’s all-time Alabama passing record; McCarron has averaged 2,978 in two years as a starter.
McCarron will have an embarrassment of riches in the receiving department next season. In addition to rising sophomore sensation Amari Cooper, McCarron will have Christion Jones and a returning Kenny Bell and Chris Black among his targets.
While Henry’s bread and butter is the ground game, he could be a receiving threat out of the backfield. Looks like he’s already anxious to get some reps.