Derrick Henry during the 2013 Army All-American Bowl (PHOTO: Soobum Im/USA TODAY Sports)
Alabama true freshman running back Derrick Henry, the all-time leading rusher in high school football history, suffered a fractured tibia during Saturday’s team scrimmage and will miss the remainder of the Crimson Tide’s spring drills, his former high school coach told AL.com.
“He got tackled and he said his foot got rolled under a defender,” Bobby Ramsay, the head coach at Yulee (Fla.) High School, said in a phone interview with Andre Gribble of AL.com. “It’s just one of those things. He was discouraged when I talked to him, but supposedly he was having a breakout day.”
While Henry will be sidelined for at least several weeks, the injury shouldn’t threaten his availability for this coming season: Ramsey said Henry will likely recover by July, meaning he should participate fully in Alabama’s fall camp.
Said Ramsey: “I told him, ‘Man, if you’re going to be injured, there’s no better place to be hurt. They’ll get you back.'”
Henry enrolled early, one of seven Alabama signees in the recruiting class of 2013 to do so, and had already begun living up to the immense expectations that accompanied his arrival as a five-star recruit. While Henry’s size and athleticism translated to several positions – there was some discussion of him starting at defensive end – he entered Saturday’s practice as Alabama’s third-leading rusher through its first two scrimmages.
In the short term, Henry’s injury leaves Alabama low on running backs heading into Saturday’s spring game; fellow backs Dee Hart and Jalston Fowler have been slowed by knee injuries, and have worn no-contact jerseys throughout spring drills. For Saturday, Alabama will have only two healthy scholarship backs at its disposal, potential All-American T.J. Yeldon and Kenyan Drake.
The depth issues won’t extend into September. If Henry, Hart and Fowler make full…