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New Bama commit Henry has big night

9/29/2012

YULEE, Fla. -- After committing to the Alabama Crimson Tide earlier in the day, four-star running back Derrick Henry capped off his exciting day by helping his Yulee (Fla.) team defeat Kelvin Taylor and his Belle Glade (Fla.) Glades Day team 42-6 on Friday night. The 6-foot-3, 243-pound Henry rushed for 362 yards and six touchdowns on 35 carries.

Henry has amassed 864 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns over the last two weeks and now has 1,753 yards and 24 rushing touchdowns in only five games this season. He has totaled 9,617 rushing yards in his career and is on pace to break Ken Hall's (Sugarland, Texas) national career rushing record of 11,232 yards. If he continues his current pace, Henry will finish the regular season wih 3,506 rushing yards and 48 touchdowns.

In addition to the career rushing record, Henry has his sights set on yet another rushing record. Former NFL player Travis Henry (Frostproof, Fla./Frostproof) holds the single-season rushing record in Florida with 4,087 yards in 14 games. If Yulee (4-1) makes a playoff run, Derrick Henry has a good chance at breaking Travis Henry's record.

Despite having these impressive marks, which were once thought to be a mirage, now within sight, Henry continues to shift the focus to his teammates.

"I thought the whole team played great tonight," Henry said after the victory on Friday night. "The offensive line blocked hard and gave me holes to run through. It was a great team win for us.

"I'm not worried about any records. I just want to get that ring on my finger and the rest will fall in to place."

Though he came out on the losing end, Taylor, a Florida running back commitment, also had an impressive performance. With father Fred Taylor and Florida coach Will Muschamp looking on, the state of Florida's all-time leading rusher totaled 223 yards rushing and one touchdown on 35 carries.

In all, the two ESPN 150 running backs totaled 585 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on 70 carries in the game.