Devery Henderson runs a sub 4.2 fourty today....

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  1. BayouBomber

    BayouBomber Founding Member

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    at the the pro-timing day at LSU today. This coming from the man himself, Coach Saban today at the Baton Rouge Spring Luncheon. One of the fastest times ever recorded. I wonder how much this will increase his stock?
     
  2. tirk

    tirk im the lyrical jessie james

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    sub 4.2? besides deion this has to be the fastest, I think.
     
  3. Sourdoughman

    Sourdoughman TigerFan of LSU and the Tigerman

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    Wow, I'd love to see him play here in Denver, either him or Clayton.
    The Broncos need some wide receivers....
     
  4. tirk

    tirk im the lyrical jessie james

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    old news on him but figured id post it if you missed it.

    February 4, 2004 Print Article

    LSU Receiver's Stock Improving Every Day
    7:08 PM CST



    Henderson caught 11 TDs this year

    an original article by Larry Larmeu
    What if I told you there was a wide receiver from a major college that was athletic, strong, runs the 40 yard dash somewhere around 4.3, runs like a running back after the catch and has good hands…. But he’s not Larry Fitzgerald, Roy Williams, or even Reggie Williams. Give up yet? He’s LSU’s Devery Henderson, and he’s flying up the draft boards.

    I know a lot of you are thinking “Who the heck is Devery Henderson?” Some of you know him as the receiver of the now famous “Bluegrass Miracle” where he hauled in a 75 yard tipped hail mary pass in the last seconds against Kentucky in 2002 to win the game. That play won the 2002 ESPY award for “Play of the Year” and was replayed numerous times on many sports related shows.

    Devery Henderson is from the town of Opelousas, Louisiana, about 150 miles west of New Orleans. He was a highly touted running back in High School, rushing for 1322 yards and 20 touchdowns as a senior. He was also a track and field star, holding the state 4A title in the 100 meters (10.3) and the 200 meters (21.1).

    Devery came to LSU as a running back. He was buried under some impressive talent at LSU. At 190 pounds, Devery wasn’t quite the size of an everyday running back either. He was mostly used as a speedy specialist on offense and a returner on special teams. He averaged over 5 yards per carry as a running back, but he couldn’t ever crack the starting lineup with guys like LaBrandon Toefield, Domanick Davis and Joseph Addai in front of him.

    Before his junior campaign LSU coach Nick Saban decided to move Devery to wide receiver to help ease the loss of Josh Reed, who was also a converted running back who ended up being an All-American at Wide Receiver for the Tigers. After a slow start, Devery was slowly becoming a viable option at receiver. His big breakout game was against Kentucky, where he took a shovel pass 70 yards for a touchdown in the first half. He had racked up 126 yards on 4 catches until the last play of the game, when LSU QB Marcus Randall heaved up a desperation hail mary throw that was tipped and caught by Henderson and ran into the end zone to give LSU a 33-30 victory. This 75 yard reception capped off a 201 yard, 2 touchdown day that put Devery on the map for more than one reason. Unfortunately Devery broke his arm 2 weeks later against Ole Miss after diving and hauling in a touchdown pass.

    With Reggie Robinson and Jerel Meyers graduating, Devery entered his senior season entrenched as the starter opposite another highly touted prospect, Michael Clayton. While Clayton got all the early hype, turning in some big games early in the year, Devery was making a knack of catching touchdowns. He caught a TD in 4 of LSU’s first 5 games, and 7 of the first 10. After the first 3 games Clayton was sitting pretty, even had some early Heisman talk, but after teams started double and even triple teaming him the ball was spread around a lot more. The result was Henderson turning in 3 100 yard games over the next 4 weeks games, meaning couldn’t afford to give Clayton so much attention. Teams had to respect Henderson’s speed and ability to get open, especially in the red zone. He finished the year with 53 receptions for 861 yards and 11 touchdowns.

    Coming into the Senior Bowl, Devery was still somewhat of an unknown commodity. That all changed in the coming days. Devery was the talk of the early practices. He showed great ability to get open, great speed, run after the catch ability and solid hands. Henderson put on a show during the game as well. He finished the game with 5 catches for 120 yards, including hauling in a 67 yard pass from Philip Rivers. All of the major draft scouts had him pegged as a mid round prospect, but now many have him the cusp of the first round.

    Devery is expected to post anywhere from a 4.2 to a 4.4 40 yard dash as well as measure up around 6’ at the combine and pro day workouts. He is very similar in size and speed to former Tennessee and current Saints wideout Donte Stallworth, minus the injury concerns. Henderson did tweak an ankle and break a forearm during his time at LSU, but both were considered “freak” type injuries and not a chronic problem like Stallworth has had with his hamstrings. I expect Devery to go anywhere from the 20th to 40th pick to a team looking for a playmaker at wideout (and there are quite a few looking for such a player). Keep checking back here at On the Clock for news on Devery and all of the other draft prospects in the coming months!

    Saints, leave this guy alone.
     
  5. BayouBomber

    BayouBomber Founding Member

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    I wouldnt wish the Saints on anybody........
     
  6. Tigerskin

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    Congratulations Devery.

    This guy will be an NFL star. I still can't recall seeing a db stay with him in college.
     
  7. philter

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    That is blazing fast, many have run similar times in the NFL in the past, but the list is short.
     
  8. ok awesome

    ok awesome geaux

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    If you're going to quote my story you could at least provide a link :(

    http://www.otcdraft.com/news/articles/EpZVAuFFpljobNFGpC.php
     
  9. tirk

    tirk im the lyrical jessie james

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    your story? I didnt know that was your website.
     
  10. Sabertooth

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    Donte Stallworth ran I believe either a 4.19 or 4.18 at one pro combine. I could be wrong but I believe I remember listening to Jim Haslett talking about that after they drafted him. That was what drove his stock so high. I sure it wasn't his hands or toughness.
     

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