A record-setting career at Coastal Carolina has earned running back De’Angelo Henderson an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine.
Henderson set an NCAA Division I record with touchdowns in 35 consecutive games and owns all of CCU’s career rushing records.
The NFL Combine, where the top college talent that is eligible for the NFL draft goes through the rigors of athletic testing and interviews in front of representatives of all 32 NFL teams, will be held Feb. 23-29 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
The combine can accommodate up to 355 players, and an average of about 33 running backs have been invited each year since 2004.
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“This will help me get closer to my dreams and it was definitely one of the goals I had for 2016, so to accomplish it is a great feeling,” Henderson said.
Henderson arrived Friday at the Michael Johnson Performance sports complex in McKinney, Texas, where he will train for the next three months with the 200- and 400-meter Olympic Gold Medalist’s staff until CCU’s Pro Day on March 31.
“It’s structured around speed stuff but it’s the full body package also,” Henderson said.
His agent told him to keep checking his email this week because the Combine invitations were being sent, and he took a look after arriving in his room Friday.
“It was just sitting right there looking at me,” Henderson said. “I can’t really choose words how excited I was. I probably did a couple flips on the bed, ran around the room a few times, kissed my girlfriend, called my family.”
Henderson said he is also among the draft-eligible collegiate players who have been selected to play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl at California State University outside Los Angeles on Jan. 21.
The Summerville High product is first in CCU history in numerous career categories including: 5,556 all-purpose yards, 721 rushing attempts, 4,635 rushing yards, 58 rushing touchdowns, 64 total TDs, 386 points, 6.43 rushing yards per carry, and 92.7 rushing yards per game.
The 5-foot-8, 208-pound graduate rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each of his final three seasons despite missing three games this season with a shoulder injury.
He also set a Big South Conference record for most receptions (77) and receiving yards (732) by a running back in just three seasons, as CCU was not a member of the Big South in 2016.
He is sixth all-time at CCU in receptions with 97 for 921 yards.
Henderson expects CCU wide receiver Bruce Mapp, who is second at the school in career receptions with 168, third in receiving yards with 2,438 and third in receiving touchdowns with 20, to join him at the Michael Johnson Performance facility as well.