Henry in 2016
|No. 86 San Diego Chargers|
|Date of birth:||December 7, 1994|
|Place of birth:||Little Rock, Arkansas|
|Height:||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight:||253 lb (115 kg)|
|High school:||Little Rock (AR) Pulaski|
|NFL Draft:||2016 / Round: 2 / Pick: 35|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 12, 2016|
Hunter Henry (born December 7, 1994) is an American football tight end for the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Arkansas, where he was a consensus All-American and won the John Mackey Award as the top tight end in the nation. He was selected by San Diego in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft with the 35th overall pick.
Henry attended Pulaski Academy in Little Rock, Arkansas for four years, playing under coach Kevin Kelley. Henry started his sophomore, junior, and senior year, winning a state championship with the Bruins in 2011. Henry was named to the Parade All-American team in the football year of 2012–2013 and was one of the top recruits in the nation.
His parents are Mark Henry and Jenny Henry, and they live in Little Rock. His father was an offensive lineman for the Arkansas Razorbacks from 1987–1991. He lettered four years for the Razorbacks.
In 2015, Henry was involved in one of the most memorable plays in Arkansas football history. During a fourth-and-25 play in overtime against Ole Miss in the Arkansas–Ole Miss football rivalry, Henry caught a pass from quarterback Brandon Allen and upon seeing that he was going to be tackled Henry blindly flung the ball backwards as a lateral to running back Alex Collins. Collins picked it up on the bounce and ran it for a 31-yard gain to gain a first down. This set up an eventual touchdown and successful two-point conversion to win the game. The uniqueness of the play led to widespread media coverage and replays. He was also the John Mackey Award winner for best tight end in the nation and also was a Consensus All-American in the 2015–2016 season. Henry helped Arkansas win back-to-back bowl games in consecutive years for the first time in program history, beating former Southwest Conference rival the Texas Longhorns in the 2014 Texas Bowl, and winning the 2016 Liberty Bowl over the Kansas State Wildcats.
In February–March 2016 Henry was predicted to be a late first to second round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Henry skipped most physical drills at the NFL Combine but did compete in bench press with a position worst of 13 reps. Henry managed to improve on his pro day by posting a 4.67 40 yard dash and completing 21 reps in the bench press establishing himself as one of the top tight ends in the 2016 NFL draft.
|Ht||Wt||Arm length||Hand size||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 5 in||250 lb||32 3⁄4 in||9 1⁄4 in||4.67 s||4.41 s||7.16 s||31.5 in||9 ft 5 in||21 reps|
|All values from NFL Combine and Pro Day|
2016 NFL Draft
San Diego Chargers
In his regular season debut against the Kansas City Chiefs, Henry made only one reception for 20 yards in the Chargers season opening loss. During a Week 4 loss to the Saints, he caught 4 passes for 61 yards and scored his first touchdown on a 20-yard reception. On October 13, 2016, Henry led all Chargers in receptions, making 6 catches for 83 receiving yards and a touchdown in a 21-13 victory over the Denver Broncos.
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