BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Alabama junior running back Derrick Henry and junior defensive end Jonathan Allen earned SEC Player of the Week recognition following the Crimson Tide’s 31-6 win at No. 20 Mississippi State, the league office announced on Monday.
Derrick Henry was named the Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Week for the fourth time this season after rushing for 204 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries against the Bulldogs. He has rushed for more than 200 yards in consecutive games and three of the past four overall, with each coming against teams ranked in the top-20 nationally. Henry broke free for touchdown runs of 74 and 65 yards to extend his school record of consecutive games with a rushing touchdown to 15, the longest such streak by an SEC player in the last 20 seasons.
In his first season as the team’s starting running back, Henry has amassed 1,474 yards and 19 touchdowns on 240 carries for a 6.1 yard average. He is currently the national leader in rushing touchdowns and ranks second overall in yards rushing. The junior tailback has performed his best in the Tide’s six games against ranked opponents, averaging 178.7 yards per game (1,072 yards) and scoring 12 touchdowns.
Jonathan Allen was recognized as the Southeastern Conference Defensive Lineman of the Week after a dominant performance in Starkville. The junior defensive end finished the day with seven tackles, including three tackles for loss (-17 yards), to go along with three sacks, one forced fumble, and a quarterback hurry. Allen is the first Alabama player to record three sacks in a game since Courtney Upshaw did it against Auburn in 2010. The Alabama defense collectively totaled nine sacks, representing the most by any unit in a single game under head coach Nick Saban.
The Crimson Tide returns to action this Saturday, welcoming the Charleston Southern Buccaneers to Bryant-Denny Stadium for Alabama’s final home game of the 2015 season as well as the team’s Senior Day. The game is set for a 3 p.m. CT kickoff on the SEC Network with Dave Neal, Matt Stinchcomb and Kayce Smith calling all the action.