A few lucky Alabama students have a chance at a rare sight: Heisman Trophy-winning running back Derrick Henry in their classroom.
But some of Henry’s Tennessee Titans teammates would rather have him working out in Nashville.
The second-year running back has been back in Tuscaloosa attending classes at Alabama.
For Henry, who left Alabama after his junior year, that means that he’s hitting the books instead of hitting the Titans’ weight room for the AFC Central team’s voluntary workouts. And that isn’t sitting well with at least one of his NFL colleagues.
Defensive tackle Jurrell Casey made it clear that he wasn’t happy with Henry’s decision to miss the start of workouts for school, as reported by the Tennessean.
“It definitely puts that little check mark in the back of my mind and lets me know who I can count on, who I can’t count on,” Casey said.
Starting Titans running back DeMarco Murray said it’s a “pivotal part for a young guy to get better in these offseason workouts.”
Titans coach Mike Mularkey said “it’s their choice” in discussing players like Henry who did not arrive for the start of workouts. Mularkey did say, though, that Titans coaches have seen Henry working out and that he has seen videos of Henry in the weight room, so he’s confident the running back is in good shape.
Henry rushed 110 times for 490 yards as a rookie with the Titans in 2016, his first year in the NFL after winning the Heisman in the Crimson Tide’s 2015 national championship season.
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