Derrick Henry and Minkah Fitzpatrick Earn SEC Weekly Award Honors
Alabama junior running back Derrick Henry and freshman cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick earned SEC Player of the Week recognition the Southeastern Conference announced Monday morning following the Crimson Tide’s 41-23 win at No. 9/10 Texas A&M. This is the third consecutive week that an Alabama player has haven been honored by the league.
Henry was named the Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Week for the third time this season after rushing for 236 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries against the Aggies. The 236 yards and 32 carries both eclipsed his previous career highs, and marked the first time an Alabama running back has surpassed the 200-yard mark since Trent Richardson in 2011. Henry broke free for touchdown runs of 55 and six yards to extend his school record of consecutive games with a rushing touchdown to 12.
Fitzpatrick was recognized as the Southeastern Conference Freshman Player of the Week after a career performance of his own. The cornerback returned two interceptions for touchdowns against the Aggies, going 33 and 55 yards. He is the only player in Alabama history to return two interceptions for touchdowns in the same game. Fitzpatrick also recorded two solo tackles as the Crimson Tide limited the Aggies to just 316 yards of total offense, 164 yards below their season average. Fitzpatrick was also recognized at the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week.
Henry and Fitzpatrick will look to lead the Crimson Tide this Saturday as the team returns home to Bryant-Denny Stadium to face the Tennessee Volunteers. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. and will be televised on CBS.