WATCH: Former Alabama RB Derrick Henry caps off career night with electrifying TD

Derrick Henry showed up big time for the Tennessee Titans on Monday night.

The former Alabama running back had a strong showing against the Indianapolis Colts with a late touchdown run sealing the Titans victory. The touchdown went for 72 yards and helped Henry post his first career 100-yard game in the NFL.

Henry has had mixed results in his first two professional seasons after an incredible career with the Crimson Tide. He had just 187 yards rushing on the season coming into Monday’s game, but he excelled against the Colts.

Henry finished the game with 19 carries for a career-high 131 yards and a touchdown. It was by far Henry’s best game as a pro and a performance that he will look to build on moving forward.

Here is a look at Henry’s long touchdown run from The Titans Wire on Twitter:

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ESPN did confirm it was Henry’s first career 100-yard game:

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Henry now has 318 yards on the season and is well on pace to eclipse his rookie mark of 490 yards.

Henry turned into a dominant force for Alabama during his junior year. He rushed for 2,219 yards and 28 TDs on his way to capturing the 2015 Heisman Trophy. He also helped the Crimson Tide capture the national championship that season.

Henry’s pro career is off to a bit of a slow start, but he demonstrated his immense potential once again on Monday. He still possesses the ability to turn into a dominant runner in the NFL.


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Matt Luke discusses his ties to Ed Orgeron prior to Coach O’s return to Oxford

The Ole Miss Rebels are coming off a strong showing against Vanderbilt and will be looking to upset the LSU Tigers this weekend.

The Rebels have had an up and down year. They started 2-0 before losing three straight to California, Alabama, and Auburn. It was a rough stretch to weather, but the Rebels ended their losing streak with a 57 point showing against Vanderbilt.

The Rebels will now face the Tigers and head coach Ed Orgeron who previously coached with Ole Miss from 2005-2007. LSU had its own issues earlier in the season in a blowout loss to Mississippi State and a home loss to Troy, but the Tigers have bounced back.

LSU has taken down Florida and Auburn in consecutive weeks, and Ole Miss head coach Matt Luke has been very impressed with the way the Tigers responded under Orgeron. Luke says he has a lot of respect for Orgeron from the time the two worked together:

“I have a lot of respect for coach Ed Orgeron,” said Luke. “I worked for him for a year as his recruiting coordinator. He’s obviously very energetic guy and I learned a lot from him. I’ve been very impressed at how he’s rallied his team. Very impressive their last two wins on third down — Auburn was 3-of-14 and Florida was 2-of-9. They did a good job getting off the field defensively. That’s been the difference in their wins. Offensively, they give you a lot of schematic problems with their shifts and motions trying to out-leverage and out-flank you. They have a lot of good players. It’s definitely going to be an exciting atmosphere in Vaught-Hemingway on Saturday. That home field advantage was huge for us this Saturday. Our players feed off of our crowd. We’re excited to have another home SEC game.”

Luke also said he is looking forward to a huge matchup on Saturday:

“This is a huge game. I think fans will be excited to be here,” said Luke. “It’s an Ole Miss/LSU rivalry. As far as me, I only worked with him for a year, but we are cordial. It’ll be a competitive game and I’m looking forward to it. I was very impressed with his attack in the recruiting aspect of it. I was impressed with that and liked his energy. It’s easy to see why players rally around him and play for him. Those are the two things I learned being around him, the amount of energy and his work ethic. He has a tireless work ethic.”

Saturday’s kickoff is set for 7:15 pm EST on ESPN.


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WATCH: Tommy Tuberville makes Heisman case for Alabama QB Jalen Hurts

Alabama QB Jalen Hurts is having a strong year, but he has yet to gain a lot of attention in the discussion for the Heisman Trophy.

The Crimson Tide are 7-0 this season, and Hurts is a big reason why. The sophomore has thrown for 1,025 yards and 8 TDs while adding 558 yards rushing and 6 TDs. Alabama’s RBs may steal the show, but Hurts leads the team in rushing attempts (79) and is second in rushing yards behind Damien Harris.

Hurts is a true dual-threat QB who has done a nice job on limiting turnovers. He threw his first interception of the season against Arkansas, and his ability to take care of the ball is impressive.

Tommy Tuberville was recently asked about Hurts and his case for the Heisman trophy, and Tuberville believes the Tide QB should get more attention. Tuberville admitted that he had left Hurts off of his top four list so far this season, but Tuberville’s other picks have faltered so far.

Tuberville believes Hurts may be the top candidate in the nation when you consider the fact that he just continues to win games, but he did admit that Hurts does not light up the stat sheet with incredible passing numbers.

Here is a look at Tuberville’s comments from AL.com on Youtube:


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