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Henry Picked 50th by Titans
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 29, 2007
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NEW YORK--University of Arizona running back Chris Henry, who decided after the 2006 season to forgo his senior year, was drafted Saturday in the second round of the NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans.

Henry was the No. 50 overall pick, a great position for a player who was almost entirely under the radar as an underclassman and relative unknown prior to earning heavy praise from his showing at the NFL Combine earlier this year and in many private workouts with potential NFL teams.

He started seven games for UA in his three-year career, all those last year when he led the team with 581 rushing yards on 165 carries. He scored seven touchdowns running the ball and caught 21 passes for 191 yards and another score. His first two seasons were spent as a backup to Mike Bell, who proved himself as an NFL rookie free agent last year with the Denver Broncos.

Click here for Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher's reaction to Henry's selection, including his contention that Henry could be "an every down" type of running back for the Titans.

Henry is the highest UA selection in the draft since tailback Trung Canidate was the final pick in the first round and receiver Dennis Northcutt was the following selection as the first pick in the second round in the 2000 NFL Draft. The most recent first-day pick was 2003 third-round selection Lance Briggs, who has become an All-Pro and Super Bowl linebacker for the Chicago Bears.

Offensive lineman Kili Lefotu was UA's long pick in last year's draft, a seventh round selection by Washington.

Other Arizona players who could be drafted in rounds 4 through 7 Sunday, or earn free agent deals, include safety Michael Johnson and kicker Nick Folk, as well as all-purpose back Syndric Steptoe, defensive back Marcus Hollingsworth and defensive lineman Marcus Smith.

Chris Henry 

Running Back

6-0, 225

Stockton, Calif. (Edison)


Arizona: 3L ... Henry had a solid year in 2006 with 581 yards in seven starts, leading the team with seven touchdowns, the most by a UA running back in the past five seasons... Honorable mention All-Pac-10... His most successful games were all UA victories ?- he rumbled for 191 yards rushing scored twice in UA’s victory at Oregon, one TD on a career-best 61-yard run...  Picked up 94 yardsand two scores against Washington State and 91 yards and a TD against Stanford. Also scored twice against California in a workman-like 57 yards on 25 carries... Set the school record with 35 carries at WSU and in the three game span starting then he had 89 totes... Pac-10 offensive Player of the Week for the Oregon game... Fourth on the team in receiving with 21 catches for 197 yards and a score on a cut-back 21-yard play... Career-high eight receptions for 87 yards against OSU... Shared duties early in the year with Chris Jennings before taking the role at mid year... Apprenticed his first three years as an understudy to departed Mike Bell and Gilbert Harris... Played on kicking units and in backup backfield duty in all 11 games in 2005... Finished with 34 carries for 119 yards and a long run of 21 yards against UCLA... Season-best 41 yards on eight totes against NAU... Played in 11 games for the Wildcats in 2004 as a redshirt freshman ... Finished that season with 159 rushing yards on 56 carries, and two TDs... Had season-long 15-yard run at UCLA, posting his career bests of two touchdowns and 55 yards on eight carries ... Limited to playing in two games (UTEP and Washington State) for the Wildcats in 2003 before being sidelined by a leg injury ... Earned a medical hardship restoration year ... Tallied 33 yards on career-high 14 carries in his debut, including a 12-yard run in the UTEP game ... Finished the season opener vs. UTEP with 12 carries for 26 yards and rushed twice for seven yards at Washington State.

High School: Edison High School, Stockton, Calif., 2003 ... PrepStar All-West for coach Booker Guyton ... SuperPrep All-Farwest ... Finished third in the Metro Relays 100m in March 2002 ... SuperPrep preseason all-region pick ... Rushed for 300 yards as a junior fullback ... Some colleges projected him as an outside linebacker, all considered him for positions requiring speed ... Won the 100-meter dash in the 2003 CIF State meet at 10.56... Won Stanford Invitational (10.71) and the 2003 Oakland Invitational (10.77) ... Team captain for track final two years ... Also earned two letters in basketball and three in baseball ... Honor roll his final three years in high school.

Personal: Academic major is philosophy... Stayed in school in the spring semested and is on track to graduate in May... Son of Claude and Erica Henry of Stockton ... Mother is a teacher and father is a correctional officer ... Younger brothers are active in sports ?- Darren (football) and William (baseball and basketball) ... Full name: Christopher John Henry ... Date of birth: June 6, 1985, Oakland, Calif.

Henry’s Career Totals

Year        G-GS       Rush        Yds         TD            Long

2003        2-0           14            33            0              12* hardship year  

2004        11-0         56            159          2              15

2005        11-0         34            119          0              21

2006        11-7         165          581          7              61

Totals      35-7         269          899          9              61

Receiving: 2- (-3) in 04; 2- (-3) in 05, 21-197-1 in 06; 25-191-1 total





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