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Hunter Mark Henry (born December 7, 1994) is an American football tight end for the Los Angeles 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 the then San Diego Chargers in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft with the 35th overall pick.

Hunter Henry
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Henry in 2016
No. 86 – Los Angeles Chargers
Position:Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1994-12-07) December 7, 1994 (age 24)
Little Rock, Arkansas
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school:Pulaski Academy
(Little Rock, Arkansas)
College:Arkansas
NFL Draft:2016 / Round: 2 / Pick: 35
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Receptions:81
Receiving yards:1,057
Receiving touchdowns:12
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

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Early yearsEdit

Henry was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on December 7, 1994. In Summer 2000, his family moved to the Atlanta area for his father's job. Henry moved back to Little Rock for his Freshman Year of High School where he attended Pulaski Academy in Little Rock for four years. As a freshman, Henry spent time playing offensive tackle, wide receiver, and defensive end for the football team. He would not play tight end during his high school career, due to the fact that Pulaski Academy's Spread Offense scheme did not feature the tight end position. 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 for the 2012-13 school year and was one of the top recruits in the nation.[2]

Hunter's parents are Mark Henry and Jenny Henry, and they live in Little Rock. His father was an offensive lineman for the Arkansas Razorbacks from 19871991. He lettered four years for the Razorbacks.

Hunter married Parker Elizabeth Schmidly of Fort Smith, AR on June 30, 2018.

College careerEdit

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 rivalry game, Henry caught a pass from quarterback Brandon Allen and upon seeing that he was going to be tackled short of the first down marker, 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 the John Mackey Award winner for best tight end in the nation and also was a Consensus All-American in the 2015–2016 season.[3] 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.

On January 4, 2016, Henry declared he would be entering the 2016 NFL Draft.[4]

College career statisticsEdit

NCAA career statistics
Arkansas Razorbacks
Teams Receiving
Year School Conf G Rec Yds Lng Avg TD
2013 Arkansas SEC 10 28 409 66 14.6 4
2014 Arkansas SEC 12 37 513 54 13.9 2
2015 Arkansas SEC 13 51 739 79 14.5 3
Career 35 116 1,661 79 14.3 9

Source[5]

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draftEdit

In early 2016, Henry was predicted to be a late first to second round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.[6][7] Henry skipped most physical drills at the NFL Combine but did compete in bench press with a position worst of 13 reps.[8] 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.[9]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 4 78 in
(1.95 m)
250 lb
(113 kg)
32 34 in
(0.83 m)
9 14 in
(0.23 m)
4.67 s 1.60 s 2.74 s 4.41 s 7.16 s 31.5 in
(0.80 m)
9 ft 5 in
(2.87 m)
21 reps
All values from NFL Combine and Pro Day[10]

Henry was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the second round (35th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.[11] He was the first tight end to be selected in the 2016 NFL Draft. In addition, he was the first of five Arkansas Razorbacks to be selected that year.[12]

San Diego / Los Angeles ChargersEdit

2016: Rookie yearEdit

On June 2, 2016, Henry and the Chargers agreed to a four-year, $6.38 million contract with $3.98 million guaranteed and a $2.84 million signing bonus.[13]

Henry entered training camp competing to be the backup tight end, against veterans Sean McGrath and Asante Cleveland. Henry was named the San Diego Chargers' third tight end on their depth chart to begin the regular season, behind longtime Pro-bowl veteran Antonio Gates and Sean McGrath.[14]

In his regular season debut against the Kansas City Chiefs, Henry made only one reception for 20 yards in the Chargers' season opening overtime loss. The following week, he earned his first career start during a victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. During a Week 4 loss to the Saints, he caught four passes for 61 yards and scored his first touchdown on a 20-yard pass from quarterback Philip Rivers. On October 13, 2016, Henry led all Chargers in receptions, making six catches for 83 receiving yards and a touchdown in a 21–13 victory over the Denver Broncos.[15] On December 18, he caught three passes for 37 receiving yards and a touchdown during a 19–16 loss to the Oakland Raiders. Henry has the distinction of catching the final touchdown in San Diego Chargers, history scoring a 12-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter of the 38-28 loss to Kansas City in the season finale.

In his rookie season, Henry scored the second-most touchdowns by a rookie tight end in the last decade (only behind Rob Gronkowski), and scored the fifth most touchdowns by a rookie tight end in NFL history.[16]

2017Edit

During Week 15 against the Chiefs, Henry left the game with a knee injury. The next day, it was revealed that he suffered a lacerated kidney and was placed on injured reserve on December 19, 2017.[17] He finished the season with 45 receptions for 579 yards and four touchdowns.

2018Edit

On May 22, 2018, Henry suffered a torn ACL during OTAs, and was ruled out for the entire season.[18] On September 1, 2018, he was placed on the physically unable to perform list, giving Henry a chance to return later in the season.[19] He was added to the active roster on January 7, 2019 ahead of their Divisional round matchup against the New England Patriots.[20]

NFL statisticsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team Games Receiving Rushing Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yards Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2016 SD 15 10 36 478 13.3 59 8 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 1
2017 LAC 14 13 45 579 12 34 4 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2018 LAC Did not play due to injury
Career 29 23 81 1,057 13.0 59 12 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 1

Sources[21]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FWAA > News > Freshman All-America Team". www.sportswriters.net.
  2. ^ Meyers, Kate (February 3, 2013). "Meet The 2013 All-America High School Football Lineup". Parade. Retrieved November 9, 2013.
  3. ^ "Arkansas vs. Ole Miss - Game Recap - November 7, 2015 - ESPN". ESPN.com.
  4. ^ Taylor, McGillis,. "A Letter From Hunter Henry". Arkansas Razorbacks. Retrieved January 4, 2016.
  5. ^ "Hunter Henry college stats". sports-reference. Retrieved February 10, 2017.
  6. ^ Zierlein, Lance (March 4, 2016). "Mock draft 3.0: Bosa falls to Bucs". NFL.com. Retrieved March 9, 2016.
  7. ^ Reuter, Chad (March 7, 2016). "Mock draft 3.0: Texans take Hackenberg". NFL.com. Retrieved March 9, 2016.
  8. ^ "National Football League website".
  9. ^ "University Of Arkansas".
  10. ^ "Hunter Henry Draft Profile". National Football League. Retrieved March 9, 2016.
  11. ^ Henne, Ricky (April 29, 2016). "Chargers Draft Dynamic Arkansas Tight End Hunter Henry". Chargers.com. Archived from the original on August 16, 2017. Retrieved May 29, 2017.
  12. ^ "2016 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved August 16, 2017.
  13. ^ Spotrac.com. "Spotrac.com:Hunter Henry contract". Retrieved October 14, 2016.
  14. ^ "Ourlads.com: San Diego Charger's Depth Chart". ourlads.com. Retrieved December 29, 2016.
  15. ^ NFL.com. "NFL Player Profile:Hunter Henry". Retrieved October 14, 2016.
  16. ^ "Player Season Finder Query Results - Pro-Football-Reference.com". Pro-Football-Reference.com.
  17. ^ Henne, Ricky (December 19, 2017). "Chargers Place Hunter Henry on IR". Chargers.com.
  18. ^ Wesseling, Chris (May 22, 2018). "Hunter Henry suffers torn ACL in practice". NFL.com.
  19. ^ Henne, Ricky (September 1, 2018). "Chargers Cut Roster Down to 53". Chargers.com.
  20. ^ Henne, Ricky (January 7, 2019). "Hunter Henry Added to the Active Roster". Chargers.com.
  21. ^ "Hunter Henry Stats Chargers - ESPN". espn.com. Retrieved February 10, 2017.

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