FORT WAYNE – Alabama running back commit Derrick Henry ran for 53 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries in the U.S. Army All-America Bowl on Saturday, showcasing the form that made him a key recruit for the Crimson Tide.
Henry also scored on a 2-point conversion to help the East team beat the West 15-8 in front of a record crowd of 40,133.
When the decision was made to go for 2, Henry knew he could get in.
I told coach I wanted the ball, Henry said.
I’ve been looking forward to this game more than watching Alabama play. This is the height of competition, and I wanted to show I can play.
Wide receiver James Quick, who was named the game’s MVP, announced that he would stay in his hometown and play for Louisville, which is fresh off a Sugar Bowl win over Florida.
Quick scored on a 34-yard touchdown pass from Jeremy Johnson for the East.
It means a lot, you have to play hard for your team and that’s what I did today, said Quick after receiving the Pete Dawkins Trophy.
I’m just happy I can help my team win.
It was also a good day for Notre Dame-bound Jaylon Smith.
The Bishop Luers standout, who was named a team captain for the West, blocked a field goal attempt and recorded multiple tackles from his linebacker position.
It’s a wonderful opportunity, Smith told notredame247sports.com after the game. I’m just always trying to give my best. Glad I was a part of it.
It was wonderful just getting an opportunity. I was blessed just to be in this position.
The West went ahead 8-7 with just less than seven minutes to go when Max Browne, a Washington state high-school passing record-holder from Sammamish, Wash., completed a 16-yard TD pass to Derrick Griffin.
Browne, a Southern Cal commit, followed with a 2-point conversion pass to tight end DeSean Smith, who has committed to LSU.
The 23 total points tied for the lowest scoring output in the bowl’s 13-year history.
The East rushed for 132 yards on 34 carries and had the football for more than 27 minutes.