Joe Henderson - 51
Joe Henderson

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Birmingham, Ala.

High School:
John Carroll High School

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 220

Position:
Linebacker

Birthdate:
03/06/1986

Experience:
3L


A speedy linebacker who has emerged the past two seasons as one of the top players at his position in Conference USA ... has earned all-conference honors the past two seasons ... was named in August to the Watch List of the Butkus Award, given annually to the nation's outstanding college linebacker.

2007: Enjoyed another outstanding season as he ranked second on team and among C-USA leaders in tackles ... finished with 109 stops during season ... had team-best 9.5 tackles for loss and also had five sacks, also tops on the team ... earned third-team All-Conference USA honors ... recorded a pair of interceptions (vs. Alcorn State and Tulane) ... registered double-digit tackles vs. five opponents (Michigan State, Houston, Southern Miss, UCF and Memphis) ... had season-high 15 tackles against Southern Miss.

2006: Played in all 12 games during season and started the last eight ... ranked third on team in tackles with 63, including 42 solo hits ... recorded 8.5 tackles for loss ... earned third-team All-Conference USA honors in vote of league's coaches ... registered double-digit tackles on two occasions in "06, notching 12 vs. Memphis and a career-high 14 stops against Marshall ... recorded 3.5 tackles for loss in win over Memphis ... named C-USA Defensive Player-of-the-Week following performance against Memphis ... had eight tackles against SMU.

2005: Saw action in final nine games of the season after preseason injury kept him out of early-season action ... finished year with 35 tackles to rank No. 8 on the team in stops ... also contributed a tackle for loss against UCF ... had an interception with return of 10 yards in victory over Rice ... contributed a pair of pass break-ups ... produced season-high eight tackles in late-season road win at UTEP ... also had six stops a week earlier against UCF ... had five tackles in contests against Jacksonville State and Southern Miss.

HIGH SCHOOL: Regarded as one of the top players in metro-Birmingham area while playing for John Carroll ... earned first-team Super All-Metro honors by the Birmingham Post-Herald ... also tabbed honorable mention all-state ... three-year letterman for coach Gerald Gann ... started three years on varsity ... as sophomore, he started as defensive end before moving to linebacker for junior and senior seasons ... as senior, he recorded 172 total tackles, four sacks, six tackles for loss, one caused and one recovered fumble ... named to all-Over The Mountain team ... served as team captain as a senior ... team finished 6-4 as senior.

HIGH SCHOOL: Regarded as one of the top players in metro-Birmingham area while playing for John Carroll ... earned first-team Super All-Metro honors by the Birmingham Post-Herald ... also tabbed honorable mention all-state ... three-year letterman for coach Gerald Gann ... started three years on varsity ... as sophomore, he started as defensive end before moving to linebacker for junior and senior seasons ... as senior, he recorded 172 total tackles, four sacks, six tackles for loss, one caused and one recovered fumble ... named to all-Over The Mountain team ... served as team captain as a senior ... team finished 6-4 as senior.

PERSONAL: Born March 6, 1986 at Birmingham, Ala. ... son of Joe and Mary Henderson ... major is undeclared.

 
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