2016 Season Countdown: #38 Bobby Henderson

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4Aug 2016
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2016 Season Countdown: #38 Bobby Henderson

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Bobby Henderson (middle, with Sione Houma and Joe Kerridge; image via MGoBlog)

Name: Bobby Henderson
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 245 lbs.
High school: Hopewell Junction (NY) John Jay
Position: Fullback
Class: Fifth year senior
Jersey number: #37
Last year: I didn’t rank Henderson. He played in three games as a backup fullback.

Henderson has been on the team for four years after walking on as a freshman. He has played in a few games here or there, but last year I didn’t think he warranted being put on the countdown as something like the fifth or sixth fullback. Not only was he pretty low on the depth chart, but he had two talented, traditional fullbacks ahead of him in the shirtless guys you see above – Sione Houma and Joe Kerridge. He did play in three games, but only after the games had been decided.

This year Houma and Kerridge are gone. The remaining fullbacks are totally inexperienced walk-ons; a 6’4″, 266 lb. former defensive lineman; or 6’2″, 263 lb. converted tight end Khalid Hill. Poggi and Hill are guaranteed to play because of their blocking and receiving abilities, respectively, but neither one has ever carried a football, and Poggi’s unlikely to do so. They will be used in some packages, but I think Henderson might get some of those traps and fullback dives that turned into big plays in 2015. I like what I’ve seen out of Henderson from a blocking and toughness perspective, so I think he’ll get a fair number of snaps.

Prediction: Backup fullback

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24Feb 2016
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Spring Football Preview: Running Backs and Fullbacks

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De’Veon Smith

Projected RB starter: Senior De’Veon Smith. Smith is not the most dynamic back, but he does possess the toughness Jim Harbaugh wants in a running back. Last season he led the team in rushing yards (753) and touchdowns (6), despite having the lowest yards per carry on the team (4.18). However, he did end the season on a strong note with 25 carries for 109 yards against a pretty good Florida defense.

Departures: Rising senior Derrick Green decided to transfer, although his destination is not yet known. Florida is one possibility, where former Michigan offensive coordinator holds the same position. Green was the team’s sixth-leading rusher last season. Redshirt junior Ross Taylor-Douglas managed just 1.8 yards/carry last year and announced that he would be transferring to Rutgers.

Hit the jump for more.

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