22. Derrick Henry (2015)
Derrick Henry was the fulcrum that allowed Nick Saban to elevate his preferred way of beating any and all opponents of the University of Alabama’s football team: bludgeon them with the running game on offense through the use of a running attack that inflicted blunt force trauma on opposing defenses, and then apply even more blunt force trauma with his star-studded defense.
A staggering physical specimen at 6’3 and 247lbs who could run the 40-yard dash in under 4.5 seconds, Henry ran through opposing defenses like a wrecking ball (much to Saban’s delight), compiling 2,219 rushing yards and 28 rushing touchdowns in 2015, sweeping the majority of the offensive awards for which he was eligible (including the Doak Walker Award, Walter Camp Award, and Maxwell Award).
Saving one of his best performances for his swan song. Henry ran for 158 yards on 36 carries with three touchdowns in the Crimson Tide’s National Championship win over Clemson University.