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    Herschel Henderson
    Herschel Henderson

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Houston, Texas

    High School:
    Clear Lake

    Height / Weight:
    6-3 / 195

    Position:
    SAF

    Birthdate:
    12/21/1982



    General: Closed career with his best season in 2005 ... A versatile player who saw action at safety and corner ... Provided the defense with a lot of flexibility ... Sat out 2003 season with a knee injury ... A talented defender ... One of team's best cover guys ... Excellent in press coverage ... Strong player ... 181 career tackles and 14 career pass deflections.

    2005: Consensus honorable mention All-Big Ten selection ... NU's Marcel Price Award (given for enthusiasm and dedication) honoree ... Fifth-year senior ... Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List ... Starting cornerback in three of team's first four games (did not play vs. Northern Illinois) ... Started at free safety the final seven regular-season games (Wisconsin through Illinois) ... Started at corner in the Sun Bowl ... Named the Big Ten's Defensive Player of the Week and the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against Michigan State: two interceptions (for 49 yards and both coming on the MSU goal line), five tackles (three solos), one of which was a 9-yard TFL ... Both of his interceptions, the first of his career, came near the MSU goal line ... Had a career-high 14-tackle performance (seven solos) against Iowa ... Slowed early in the season, and much of his career, with a hamstring strain ... Started against Ohio and finished with three tackles ... Saw limited action vs. Arizona State and notched a tackle and a pass deflection ... Credited with a season-high eight tackles (seven solos) and a single-game-best two pass deflections vs. Penn State ... One of his solo hits vs. Penn State went for a 2-yard loss ... Six tackles vs. Wisconsin ... At Purdue, turned in one of season's best performances with eight tackles (seven solos), a forced fumble that NU recovered, as well as two pass breakups ... Five tackles and an interception vs. Michigan ... Four tackles, including a 0.5 TFL, and a pass breakup vs. Ohio State ... Seven tackles vs. Illinois.

    2004: After sitting out the 2003 season with a knee injury, returned to the secondary ... NU's third safety when it employed its odd defensive package ... Started at cornerback vs. Indiana and Michigan in place of the injured Jeff Backes, and played that position vs. Wisconsin, too ... Started at safety vs. Illinois and Hawaii, replacing Bryan Heinz ... Led all non-NU regulars with 49 tackles ... Finished with a career-high 12 tackles vs. the Illini ... Notched two solo tackles and a breakup vs. the Hoosiers ... Played extensively at corner for Backes in the Penn State game and had seven tackles (four solos), including a TFL ... Opened season with four tackles at TCU ... One hit vs. Arizona State ... Four tackles vs. Kansas ... Three tackles at Minnesota ... Delivered a pass breakup vs. Ohio State ... Seven tackles (five solos) at Wisconsin ... Two tackles vs. Purdue ... Notched three tackles vs. Michigan ... Four tackles vs. Hawaii.

    2003: Injured knee in preseason scrimmage and sat out the remainder of the year.

    2002: True sophomore who started the last seven and last nine of 10 games at cornerback ... Five tackles and a pass breakup at Minnesota ... Had a six-solo tackle effort vs. Ohio State ... Registered three tackles at Air Force ... Two solo hits and a sack-the first of his career-against TCU ... One tackle vs. Duke ... Three tackles at Navy ... Coming off bench, registered five tackles (four solos) and a pass deflection at Michigan State ... Four tackles at Penn State ... Equaled a career high with nine tackles (five solos) vs. Purdue ... Six hits vs. Indiana ... Three solo stops at Iowa ... Four tackles vs. Illinois.

    2001: Due to injuries in the defensive backfield, was called upon for duty beginning with the Purdue contest on Oct. 27 ... Played in four games before missing the finale at Illinois with an injury ... Debuted with four tackles (two solos) against the Boilermakers ... Registered a season-high nine tackles (five solos) at Indiana ... Totaled six tackles vs. Bowling Green ... Earned one Defensive Championship game performance.

    High School: Ranked by Lone Star Recruiting as one of the top 10 defensive backs in the state ... First-team all-district ... Recorded four interceptions, returning two for touchdowns, his senior year ... Averaged 28.0 yards per interception return ... Lettered nine times as a prep (3 -- football, 4 -- track, 2 -- basketball) ... Won the district high jump championship ... Finished fifth in the state in the high jump ... Averaged 11 points and eight boards for district champion basketball team ... Honor roll ... High school coach was Troy Adudell.

    Personal: Born Herschel Edwin Henderson on 12/21/82 ... Son of Hosea and Pauline Henderson ... Chose NU over TCU, Clemson, Arizona, Arkansas and Oklahoma State ... Communication studies major.

    The Henderson File
    Q: If you could dine with anyone from any period in history, who would it be?
    A: Martin Luther King Jr.
    Q: If you could have a starring role in any film already made, which movie would you pick?
    A: Bad Boys II
    Q: If you could choose the title of your autobiography, what would it be?
    A: Double H in the Flesh
    Q: What is the greatest lesson in life that you have learned?
    A: Never give up
    Q: If you had to choose the best television show ever made, which one would you pick?
    A: Martin
    Q: Something people would be surprised to know about me is...
    A: I like tigers
    Q: My favorite pregame ritual is...
    A: Listening to music
    Q: My favorite opposing stadium to play in is...
    A: Purdue
    Q: The best book I have ever read is...
    A: "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck
    Q: My ultimate SportsCenter highlight would be...
    A: Intercepting a pass, returning it 100 yards for a touchdown and celebrating by punting the ball
    into the stands
    Q: My favorite place to visit is...
    A: Cancun, Mexico
    Q: The person that inspires me the most is...
    A: My parents
    Q: My favorite food is...
    A: Steak
    Q: When I played football as a kid, I pretended to be...
    A: Bo Jackson
    Q: In five words or less describe Coach Walker...
    A: Fun run
    Q: Which current NU football player is the biggest jokester?
    A: Marquice Cole
    Q: If you could suddenly possess an extraordinary talent in one of the arts, what would you
    like it to be?
    A: I would like to be able to fly
    

    Henderson's Career Statistics

    DEFENSIVE STATS
            G	UA	A	Total	TFL	Yds	PD	FF	FR
    2001	4	13	9	22	0.0	0	1	0	0
    2002	12	32	16	48	1.0	7	4	0	0
    2004	12	30	19	49	1.0	2	2	0	0
    2005	11	35	27	62	2.5	12	10	1	0
    TOTAL	39	110	71	181	4.5	21	17	1	0
    

    SACKS G UA A Total Yds 2001 4 0 0 0.0 0 2002 12 1 0 1.0 7 2004 12 0 0 0.0 0 2005 11 0 0 0.0 0 TOTAL 39 1 0 1.0 7

    INTERCEPTIONS G No. Yds TD Lg Avg/R Avg/G 2001 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2002 12 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2004 12 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2005 11 3 49 0 47 16.3 4.5 TOTAL 39 3 49 0 47 16.3 1.3