Jan 2, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide running back Derrick Henry (27) breaks loose from Oklahoma Sooners defensive back Quentin Hayes (10) for a touchdown during the fourth quarter of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Oklahoma defeated Alabama 45-31. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Breaking Down Alabama's Running Backs: Derrick Henry

A-Day is over. And for many Alabama fans, some big questions are left unanswered: Who will take the reins as starting quarterback? Who will lead the way as the Crimson Tide’s star receiver? Who will step up on the offensive line?

And who will prevail as Alabama’s number one running back?

With so much depth at this position, it’s more of a curiosity than a concern. In reality, any of the candidates could take the spot and be successful.

Meet Derrick Henry.

This power back came on the scene last season as a true freshman. After a record-shattering high school career, he carried that same determination with him to Tuscaloosa. Henry dazzled us with his quickness and agility, especially at such a young age.

At 6-foot-3 and 238 pounds, he’s an aggressive runner that gives defenses more trouble than they can handle. Last season, Henry rushed for 394 yards in just 35 attempts, averaging 10.9 yards per carry with three touchdowns. In Alabama’s troubling loss against Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl, Henry showed not only his physical ability, but also his focus and drive. On the rare occasion that the Crimson Tide trailed by a significant margin, Henry stepped up to the plate.

He scored the only two touchdowns of the second half for the Crimson and White. He rushed for 100 yards on eight carries with one touchdown, and scored his fourth of the season on a 61 yard pass from AJ McCarron. He’s explosive. He’s ambitious.

And he could potentially start for the Crimson Tide this season.

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