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Derrick Henry: Elite RB Prospect Breaks State Single-Game Rushing Record

Photo courtesy of Jacksonville.com's Woody Huband.
Photo courtesy of Jacksonville.com's Woody Huband.
Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent ISeptember 22, 2012

Yulee High School senior running back Derrick Henry broke the Florida state record for rushing yards in a game on Friday with 502 in his team's win over Jackson. 

According to Clayton Freeman of The Florida Times-Union, Henry set a new Florida record with 502 rushing yards in Yulee's 45-28 win, tied a career-high by scoring six touchdowns on the ground and became the second all-time leading rusher in the state.

Henry trails only Kelvin Taylor of Glades Day School in the state in terms of all-time career rushing yards. Kelvin is the son of former Jacksonville Jaguars running back Fred Taylor.

Still, Kelvin Taylor has yet to rush for 502 yards in a single game. 

What makes Henry's accomplishment so much more incredible, however, is that the previous state record was one yard less—501 yards, set by Tampa Bay Tech's Shawn Smith 27 years ago.

According to Freeman, Henry capped the record by picking up 24 yards on a fourth-quarter drive, needing just 23 more to tie Smith's mark.

This was Henry after his record-breaking performance on homecoming night (via Freeman):

I’m just very thankful, very appreciative. I couldn’t have done it without all my teammates and coaches. Our offensive line did a great job, the coaches called the right plays, and I just had to make it happen.

Henry is a 4-star recruit who is drawing interest from SEC programs such as Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida, according to Rivals.com.


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