Even at a place like Florida, defensive backs like CJ Henderson are rare.
When he only a true freshman, offenses learned pretty early on in 2017 – you’re better off not testing CJ Henderson. In his first two collegiate games against Michigan and Tennessee, Henderson made quarterbacks pay for poor decisions with interceptions returned for touchdowns, in back-to-back games. In over 100 years of Gator football, he is the only true freshman in UF history to record a pick-six in consecutive games.
The last time that a Florida player of any grade level did that was in 1965… and there have been a lot of really good corners in orange and blue over the years.
According to Florida defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, Henderson is already the best cornerback that he ever has coached at college level. Grantham revealed this while speaking with the media late in the 2018 football season. That is high praise from a journeyman defensive coordinator that is extremely familiar with the SEC.
Highlights have been aplenty for CJ Henderson since he first arrived on campus.
He got to showcase his incredible closing speed against South Carolina last season, when he ran down the Gamecock’s top receiver Deebo Samuel. Hilariously, the South Carolina radio broadcaster thought that Samuel was going to score a touchdown as he broke away from the pack. He was eventually ran down by Henderson, on a touchdown saving tackle. You can view the video below, complete with the radio broadcaster’s commentary.
USCe’s radio guy did not know about Hendo’s speed lol pic.twitter.com/qYvoYuWUXg
— Billy (@BillyLong07) November 13, 2018
Check out more of Henderson’s impressive 2018 highlights in the video below:
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