Four touchdowns versus 14.
Three hundred and eighty-two yards versus 1,235.
Thirty-five carries versus 207.
Two 100-yard games versus six.
If it weren’t Derrick Henry, we wouldn’t be making the comparison. His freshman season was promising with 382 rushing yards and four total touchdowns. But if he weren’t Derrick Henry and this wasn’t Alabama, how important would he really be?
It’s not Henry’s fault. He didn’t fuel the hype of his arrival in Tuscaloosa. He never once compared himself to T.J. Yeldon. The fans and the media did that for him.
Thanks to his potential and one breakout game — not two or three or four to create, you know, a trend — he went from a project at running back into a contender not only to beat out Yeldon for the starting job, but someone to watch in the Heisman Trophy race. Or so that’s how the story goes. Bovada, a sports gambling website, bought in, giving Henry 28-to-1 odds to hoist the bronze award.
Talk about a runaway hype train. Check your…