Although they were on the wrong end of one of the biggest upsets of the bowl season on Thursday night in the Sugar Bowl, the Alabama Crimson Tide still had some bright spots shine through that gave some optimism to the future of this powerhouse program.
One of those bright spots was the breakout performance of freshman running back Derrick Henry on the national stage for everyone to see. Henry rushed for over 100 yards and two touchdowns, plus the monster 6-3, 238-pounder caught a 64-yard touchdown pass.
It was indeed the breakout performance for the most prolific running back in high school history after finding out in his first year that things weren’t as easy as he thought they were going to be.
After arriving in Tuscaloosa, Henry broke his leg in spring practice and then had some trouble grasping Nick Saban’s offensive playbook. As easy as things were for him in high school, they were equally as difficult in college.
“I thought everything would be handed to me,” Henry said in the Superdome locker room Thursday night. “It’s a different level here than in high school. As the season went on, I got better.”
After that Sugar Bowl performance, though, the fact that things will now begin to get easier for Henry is a frightening thought.