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Derrick Henry Breaks Shaun Alexander's Alabama Career Rushing Record

Jan 11, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide running back Derrick Henry (2) breaks away from Clemson Tigers safety Jayron Kearse (1) to score a touchdown in the first quarter in the 2016 CFP National Championship at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
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Mike NorrisFeatured ColumnistJanuary 12, 2016

Alabama Crimson Tide running back Derrick Henry set the program's career rushing record with a two-yard run in the third quarter of Monday night's 45-40 win over the Clemson Tigers in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game.

In just his third season with the Crimson Tide, the 2015 Heisman Trophy winner broke Shaun Alexander's former record of 3,565 yards, which Alexander piled up from 1996 to 1999.

It wasn't just yards Henry contributed in the game. He opened the scoring with a 50-yard touchdown run, and ESPN passed along the highlight:

It was the 20th straight game in which Henry scored a touchdown, and he has now broken nearly every Alabama rushing record. Henry finished with 158 yards and three touchdowns on 36 carries.

Before he set the career mark, he had shattered Trent Richardson's single-season record of 1,679 yards with an SEC-record 2,061 yards heading into the championship game.

Henry's 25 touchdowns this season prior to the title tilt were already a Crimson Tide record, and his two in the opening 30 minutes put him just one shy of Mark Ingram's career record of 42.

Henry's huge first half helped Alabama keep pace with the Tigers, as ESPN noted:

After Henry's banner year, it'd seem like he would be a sure-fire first-round pick in the NFL draft, but he's a borderline first- or second-round prospect not on the level of Ohio State's Ezekiel Elliott, according to CBSSports.com.

That might be enough to put a chip on Henry's shoulder considering there wasn't much more he could have done during one of the best seasons—and careers—ever for a Crimson Tide running back.

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