By chance, I happened to catch the 4th quarter and part of the 3rd of a Norco/ Crenshaw replay on Fox Sports Prime Ticket, featuring our own Gregory Henderson. So let's do this thing.
The first thing I noticed about Henderson was his lower body which, um, isn't as creepy as it sounds. Promise. He's got crazy thick legs, but a much more slender upper body. He's a good, not great, tackler, but he is very good at shedding WR blocks and getting on the RB on stretch plays. When chasing the ballcarrier in the secondary, however, he tends to try and run around blockers instead of just trying to blow them up, with predictably unimpressive results. Sometimes he tries to just tackle with his arms, which are super skinny, instead of just wrapping up and driving through with his shoulder.
Crenshaw didn't throw much to his side, but he did almost make an interception by coming off his outside coverage responsibilities and running down a pass to the inside receiver that was slightly overthrown. He was also matched up against DeAnthony Thomas (5* Oregon crown jewel) on an end zone post pattern, and he did a great job of getting his shoulders around and playing the ball. Almost picked that one too. The third and final pass thrown his way was with 30 seconds left in the game Crenshaw driving for the winning score, Henderson playing deep safety. The QB hit Thomas on a 10 yard in route in front of Henderson and Henderson did a good job to jump on his back and drag him down.
Henderson had my favorite highlight tape because his ball skills and explosion were so impressive, and this game proved it further. I think he could be a tremendous safety with 15 more pounds on his upper body. He moves really well laterally and is excellent at diagnosing plays. The announcers were also impressed.
*sidenote- Norco also has a running back called Kelsey Young who instantly reminded me of Chris Brown. He's going to Stanford. Not looking forward to seeing him for 4 years.
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