University of Arizona starting tailback Chris Henry is leaving the program and will declare for the NFL draft, he confirmed Monday afternoon.
The junior rushed for a team-high 581 yards and seven touchdowns on 165 carries this season, an average of 3.5 yards per attempt. He started the first two games, was replaced in the lineup by Chris Jennings for six games, and then did the bulk of his rushing in the final four games.
Henry cited a lack of playing time early in the season as a key reason for making his decision to leave. He also expressed concern over the uncertainty of his role in new offensive coordinator Sonny Dykes’ spread offense.
Henry said his focus will be to full-time training so he can be prepared for individual workouts with NFL teams. He is hoping to be invited to the NFL scouting combine in February.
Senior-to-be Chris Jennings and Xavier Smith, who will be a sophomore, are the expected frontrunners to be the starting tailback.
Check Tuesday’s Tucson Citizen for more on Chris Henry’s departure.