With Alabama’s success coming by the hands of junior running back Derrick Henry this season, it’s hard to imagine the offense without him. But if not for his parents and coaches, Henry could have been gone after his freshman year.
According to reports from ESPN’s Alex Scarborough, Henry wanted to transfer as a freshman in 2013 after being the third running back listed on the depth char, not receiving the tough coaching very well and simply missing home.
“His first instinct was, ‘I want to leave, I don’t want to be here,'” Henry’s mother, Stacy Veal, told Scarborough.
After being convinced to stay and honor his commitment, Henry finally busted onto the scene with his performance in a Sugar Bowl loss against Oklahoma, running for 161 yards and two touchdowns.
Now in his first year as the full-time starter, Henry leads the Crimson Tide with 243 rushing yards and six touchdowns through the first two games.
Henry is considered to be one of the leading favorites to win the Heisman trophy, but if he had decided to transfer from Alabama back in 2013, could he have the same or even better success with a different team? Luckily for Crimson Tide fans, we’ll never know.
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