Alabama juniors Derrick Henry and A’Shawn Robinson announced they would be forgoing their senior seasons to enter the 2016 NFL Draft in a press conference Friday afternoon.
Henry, a native of Yulee, Florida, set SEC records for rushing yards (2,219), rushing touchdowns (28) and carries (395).
He won the school’s second Heisman Trophy while also winning the Maxwell Award, the Walter Camp Player of the Year and the Doak Walker Award.
Henry said he wouldn’t worry about when or where he gets drafted, but focus only on what he can control.
“I’ve been working hard. I’ve been thanking God for my opportunities,” Henry said. “I’m getting better and better every day.”
Robinson said the decision to go pro was not one that was tough for him. He said he is ready to play at the next level.
“I didn’t think it was tough,” Robinson said. “I think Coach Bo [Davis] and Coach Saban have done everything to prepare me for this situation.”
Robinson, of Fort Worth, Texas, finished his junior campaign with 46 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, 10 quarterback hurries, two pass breakups and a blocked kick.
“They’ve been great teammates for the other players on the team,” head coach Nick Saban said. “Both have done things exactly like we’d like in this program from a personal standpoint, an academic standpoint and obviously, they’ve had tremendous success on the football field.”
The 2016 NFL Draft will take place April 28-30 at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago.