- Associated Press - Friday, June 10, 2016

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Derrick Henry proved elusive in 2015, both in efforts to stop him and in getting him to talk about himself. For the jumbo running back, it was less about him and more about the team that made his accolades possible.

The University of Alabama junior rewrote several school and Southeastern Conference records in 2015 on his way to becoming the Crimson Tide’s second Heisman Trophy winner, joining Mark Ingram, who claimed the award in 2009.

Henry shattered the school and conference single-season rushing records with 2,219 yards on 395 carries. He also set the single-season school and SEC marks with 28 rushing touchdowns.

For his historic season, Henry was named the Alabama Sports Writers Association Amateur Athlete of the Year. The award will be presented to Henry during Sunday’s ASWA banquet.

“I definitely want to thank the media members who voted for me for this award,” Henry said. “It’s a blessing, and I’m very appreciative of it. I couldn’t accomplish it without my teammates and my coaches, who worked hard with me through my time at Alabama.

“It was a memorable season for me and for the whole team. There were a lot of us working hard to make it the kind of season we had. For me to win this award, I owe it all to them. To be chosen by the writers as the amateur athlete of the year, I’m very thankful, very honored, very appreciative, very blessed to be in this position.”

It was a year of accolades for Henry, who also claimed first-team All-American honors, the SEC Offensive Player of the Year award, the Maxwell Award, the Walter Camp Player of the Year and the Doak Walker Award. He is just the fourth college player to win all four awards in the same season and the first since Wisconsin’s Ron Dayne did so in 1999.

He earned the SEC Offensive Player of the Week five times during the 2015 season, and became the 12th SEC player to win the Heisman Trophy.

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