TreVeyon Henderson: The Next Great Ohio State Running Back

TreVeyon Henderson: The Next Great Ohio State Running Back

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TreVeyon Henderson: The Next Great Ohio State Running Back

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With Justin Fields and Trey Sermon gone, it left some Ohio State fans wondering who would answer the call for the Buckeyes in the run game? Well, after a month of college football it is evident that the player is true-freshman TreVeyon Henderson, who is well on his way to breaking multiple records.

In the first game of the year for Ohio State against Minnesota, Henderson was not used much in the run game as he only had two carries for 15 yards. Instead, it was the passing game where he showcased his speed having just one reception that he turned into a 70-yard touchdown run!

In total, through four games so far this season, Henderson has racked up 439 yards over 46 attempts, has six rushing touchdowns, and is averaging 9.5 yards per attempt. His best game so far came in week three against Tulsa where he had 277 rushing yards over 24 carries and found the end zone three times.

This is all due in part to the skills Henderson has displayed early on which include the ability to recognize areas of weakness in the defense, easy change of direction ability, and his acceleration to burst through holes before defenders can get to him.

With his spectacular performance thus far, he is ranked 12th in rushing yards out of all college football current running backs. His placement at 12th right now ranks him above Breece Hall (428 yards), Tank Bigsby (403 yards), Zonovan Knight (377 yards), and Isaiah Spiller (353 yards) all of which are regarded as some of the top running backs in this years 2022 NFL Draft. Henderson has also already made history by breaking Ohio State records. 

He broke Archie Griffin’s freshman rushing record for yards in a single game with Hendersons performance against Tulsa. Griffin’s previous record was for 239 yards against North Carolina in 1972, and Henderson beat that with his 277 rushing yards. That 277-yard rushing mark also put him as the third-most in a single game for the Buckeyes behind Trey Sermons 331 yards against Northwestern in 2020, and Eddie George’s 314 against Illinois in 1995. With the pace Henderson is on right now he could potentially break J.K. Dobbins freshman season record of 1,403 rushing yards, and if he keeps the production up over his entire career could become the second Buckeye ever to reach 2,000-yards in a season. 

Now after being able to accomplish all of that in such a short time, while being on pace to break those records is already stunning, but what if I told you he’s only had one full year at the position. Yep, you read this correctly in Hendersons freshman and sophomore season he split time as a wide receiver and defensive back. It wasn’t until his junior year where he became the team’s full-time running back, and in that year he had 2,424 yards and 45 touchdowns over 198 carries. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Henderson never got his senior season at Hopewell High School but that one year was enough for him to become the top running back of his class. 

The addition of Henderson to this Ohio State team has added excitement to the running game as you know whenever he has the ball in his hand he will likely get a touchdown or a large chunk of yardage. With more time and practice at the running back position, it is going to be great to see his development as he could be a potential number one running back when his time for the NFL comes in a few years. Until then keep an eye out for all the records Henderson will break as an Ohio State running back. 

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