October 31, 2008

Patience pays off for Henderson

Two years is a long time to wait for anything.

That's why redshirt sophomore Brandon Henderson is trying to make up for lost time. The 6-foot-1, 250-pounder waited behind Eric Butler, Jason Henderson and Dezmond Sherrod to graduate for his chance at the tight end position.

"It feels great to get out there," Henderson said. "Especially to be out there making blocks for A.D. (Anthony Dixon and the rest of our running backs and to catches passes. It feels good to contribute. I've always felt a part of the team but when you actually out there contributing, it's a much better feeling."

Henderson took the situation he entered into in stride and tried to learn everything he could from the trio of upperclassmen.

"Playing behind Eric, Jason and Dez was great," Henderson said. "My freshman year when I first got here I would watch them on television and my second year I got to watch them in person play. They were out there playing with so much passion and confidence. I think they really instilled that in me to go out there and fight no matter what the situation or outcome of the game is."

Henderson had only played in two games prior to this season but has seen action in all eight games this year. After not catching a pass in the first five contests, Henderson has come on strong of late catching four passes for 25 yards and a touchdown.

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