Coastal’s Henderson up for top national offensive prize

ccufoot-31After finishing 10th in the voting last season, Coastal Carolina senior running back De’Angelo Henderson is once again listed a candidate for the STATS FCS National Offensive Player of the Year award.

Overall, there are 22 players in the initial Offensive Player of the Year watch list, including 10 running backs, eight quarterbacks and four wide receivers.

Henderson enters his senior season with an active streak of scoring at least one touchdown in 26 consecutive games, which is an NCAA FCS record. He is one shy of the all-time NCAA Division I record (27 held by Virginia Tech’s Lee Suggs). Henderson has rushed for 3,479 yards and 42 touchdowns in his career and averages 6.5 yards per attempt. He also has hauled in 77 passes for 731 yards with four scores.

Henderson is one of seven from last year’s National Offensive Player of the Year top 10 that is back for the 2016 season including 2015 winner Cooper Kupp (Eastern Washington wide receiver), 2015 runner-up Kade Harrington (Lamar running back), Fordham running back Chase Edmonds (fourth place), quarterback Case Cookus (fifth place) of Northern Arizona, quarterback Eli Jenkins (sixth) of Jacksonville State and quarterback KD Humphries (seventh) of Murray State.

Coastal’s defense will play three of the STATS National Offensive Player of the Year candidates within the first five weeks of the 2016 season. First, the Chanticleers will face Lamar’s Harrington in the teams’ 2016 season opener (Sept. 3) in Beaumont, Texas. Two weeks later (Sept. 17), Coastal will travel to Jacksonville State to face Gamecocks’ signal-caller Eli Jenkins. The Chanticleers will host Charleston Southern running back Darius Hammond on Oct. 1.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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