Danny Kanell: Derrick Henry is not the best RB in college football
Derrick Henry has had a monster year.
He leads the nation in rushing. He leads the country in rushing touchdowns. He’s led Alabama to the SEC title and a likely spot in the College Football Playoff. There’s a good chance he’ll win the Heisman Trophy.
But one person says Henry is not the best running back in college football.
While Henry was in the midst of rushing for 189 yards and a touchdown during the Crimson Tide’s win over No. 18 Florida in the SEC Championship Game, ESPN analyst Danny Kanell tweeted out a message saying he’s not the nation’s best running back.
Derrick Henry is gonna win the Heisman and he’s had a great year. But the best RB in the country resides in Tallahassee.
— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) December 6, 2015
In Kanell’s opinion, the best running back is Dalvin Cook of Florida State. Cook has rushed for 1,658 yards and 18 touchdowns in 11 games for the Seminoles this season. He averages 7.9 yards per carry. He’s also caught 22 passes for 218 yards.
Henry has rushed for 1,986 yards and 23 touchdowns in 13 games for the Crimson Tide. He averages 6.1 yards per carry. He’s also caught 10 passes for 97 yards.
Cook is averaging 150.3 yards rushing per game, while Henry averages 149.8 yards.
Of course, Kanell was an honorable mention All-American quarterback at Florida State, so his opinion might be somewhat biased.