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Reports: Alabama Heisman winner Henry headed to NFL

Alabama running back Derrick Henry, the Heisman Trophy winner, will forgo his senior season and declare for the NFL draft, according to multiple reports Thursday. The 6-foot-3, 242-pounder rushed for 158 yards and three touchdowns in a 45-40 national title win over Clemson on Monday. He rushed for more than 125 yards in 10 of 14 games this season and surpassed the 200-yard mark four times. In his only season as a starter, he had 2,219 rushing yards — breaking Herschel Walker's SEC single-season record of 1,891 set in 1981 — and 28 TDs.

KIFFIN OFFER? UCLA offered its offensive coordinator job to Lane Kiffin, but Alabama's offensive coordinator declined in the days leading up to the Crimson Tide's win in the national title game, ESPN reported. UCLA then promoted running backs coach Kennedy Polamalu to OC.

WATSON WINS qb AWARD: Clemson's Deshaun Watson won the Manning Award as the nation's top quarterback. He passed for 4,104 yards and 35 touchdowns. He rushed for 1,105 yards and 12 touchdowns. The award is named after former college and NFL star Archie Manning and his quarterback sons, Peyton and Eli.

CFP UPDATE: Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt was named chairman of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee, replacing Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long. Hocutt served on the committee this past season, and executive director Bill Hancock cited his background as a former college athlete (linebacker at Kansas State) and his experience as an administrator.

Colorado State: Junior Rashard Higgins, the school's all-time leader in catches, receiving yards and receiving TDs, is leaving for the NFL.

Reports: Alabama Heisman winner Henry headed to NFL 01/14/16 [Last modified: Thursday, January 14, 2016 11:02pm]
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