On Henderson: Leader of the Terrapin defense and 2001 consensus All-American who returns for his senior season … a Butkus Award finalist a year ago and the lone returnee of the three (Oklahoma’s Rocky Calmus and UCLA’s Robert Thomas were both seniors in ’01) in 2002 … the most decorated returning player in the ACC on either side of the ball … a strong, agile linebacker who, above all, has the ability to get to the ball … has uncanny field vision … ability to change directions keeps him in plays from sideline to sideline … a big hitter who doesn’t miss many tackles … team and ACC’s leading tackler in 2001 … had 69 more tackles than any other Terp in ’01 … had surgery on his back in early April and missed all of spring drills … moved into the starting lineup for the final two games of his redshirt freshman season and won the position outright entering his redshirt sophomore year … averages 9.3 tackles per the 32 games he has played in prior to 2002 … earned his bachelor’s degree this past spring.
2001 (Junior): Played in all 11 games, starting in 10 as well as the Orange Bowl … posted 150 tackles (103 solo), 28 TFLs, six sacks, one interception, four pass breakups, one fumble recovery, one forced fumble and two blocked kicks … a consensus first team All-American … Maryland’s first consensus pick since center J.D. Maarleveld in 1985 … ACC Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year … was just the fourth Terrapin ever to be named ACC Player of the Year, joining Bernie Faloney (1953), Bob Pellegrini (1955) and Randy White (1974) ... one of three finalists for the Dick Butkus Award … led the ACC in tackles (150) and tackles for loss (28) ... ranked seventh nationally with 13.64 tackles per game and second in the NCAA with 9.45 solo stops per outing … his 28 TFLs were most in a single season in school history, breaking the mark of 24 set by Randy White in 1974 ... TFL total was also second most in the nation … named the ACC Defensive Lineman of the week six times, the most of any ACC defender ... the team’s leading tackler in every game except Virginia ... (vs. NCSU) led the team with a career-high 20 tackles including 13 solo stops ... also totaled one sack, three TFLs and forced a fumble ... (vs. CU) led the Terp defense with 17 total tackles (13 solo) including four TFLs and two sacks to go along with an interception ... the four TFLs broke Randy White’s school record ... the interception was the first of his career ... (vs. TSU) led the team with 10 tackles ... also blocked a punt and recorded a sack for minus 11 yards ... had two TFLs on the day for minus 12 yards ... also was in on one pass breakup ... (vs. FSU) had a team-high 13 tackles ... nine of the 13 stops were solo tackles ... also led the Terps with two quarterback hurries and also had one TFL for minus three yards ... (vs. Duke) led the team with 12 tackles including 10 solo stops ... also tallied two TFLs for minus four yards ... (vs. GT) tied a then career-high with 18 tackles, including 13 solo stops ... named the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week ... scored the game’s first touchdown on a 36-yard fumble recovery ... it was the first touchdown of his career ... also had an important sack to force Georgia Tech into a field goal after being inside the Terps’ 10 late in the first half ... Tech later missed that field goal attempt to end the half ... also led the team with four TFLs (minus 11 yards) and three quarterback hurries ... (vs. UVa) finished with five tackles ... also blocked a field goal after UVa had excellent field position off a Shaun Hill fumble ... the blocked field goal also slowed UVa’s momentum after the Cavs pulled to within 10 at 24-14 ... (vs. WVU) tied a then career-high with 18 tackles ... 14 of the 18 stops were of the solo variety ... had one sack for minus 12 yards ... (vs. WFU) led the team with 17 tackles ... registered 11 solo stops and three tackles for loss (minus nine yards) ... (vs. UNC) had 12 tackles (eight solo) to go along with three TFLs.
2000 (Sophomore): Started all 10 games in which he appeared in … led the team and finished seventh in the ACC in total tackles (109) as a redshirt sophomore … ranked second on the squad in tackles for loss (13) and solo tackles (70) … missed the Clemson game with a sprained knee but returned to register double-figure tackle games in four of the team’s last five contests … totaled 55 tackles in the team’s last four games, an average of 13.8 per contest … recorded a Terrapin season-high 18 tackles in the season finale vs. Georgia Tech to capture the team tackle title by one over Marlon Moye-Moore (108) … had 14 tackles vs. Duke, 13 vs. Temple and NC State and 11 vs. West Virginia and Virginia.
1999 (Redshirt Freshman): Appeared in all 11 games as a redshirt freshman… spent most of the year as a backup linebacker but made late-season starts vs. Florida State and Virginia following the season-ending injury to Kevin Bishop … totaled 39 tackles and one sack … 18 of his 39 tackles came in his two starts, including a career-best 11 total tackles (six solos) vs. Florida State … ended the season with a seven-tackle effort vs. Virginia … also had nine total tackles in Maryland’s victory over North Carolina.
1998 (Freshman): Redshirt season.
High School: A four-year letterwinner and 1998 graduate of Aberdeen (Md.) High School ... four-year starter who played on four league championship teams ... started at middle linebacker/running back his last three years after starting at outside linebacker as a freshman ... senior honors included All-America recognition from PrepStar and honorable mention All-American (USA Today), first team all-county (Aegis, Sporting Times), and first team All-Metro (Baltimore Sun) accolades ... was named Harford County Male Athlete of the Year by the Aegis newspaper ... played on teams that compiled a four-year record of 36-7, winning or sharing county championships all four seasons and capturing a regional title in ‘96 ... as a senior, he totaled 148 tackles, six sacks and three fumble recoveries in addition to rushing for 1,127 yards and 15 touchdowns from the running back position ... was nominated to play in the Chesapeake Classic all-star game and was selected to the Mason-Dixon Shrine Classic ... an all-county (Aegis, Sporting Times) selection in basketball ... recruited by West Virginia, North Carolina State, Boston College and Rutgers ... high school coach was Kevin Reilly.
Personal: Eric N. Henderson was born August 3, 1980 … son of Quinette and Eric Henderson ... earned a degree in criminology and criminal justice this past May … hometown is same as that of baseball great Cal Ripken, Jr.
Defense G-GS UT AT TT TFL Sacks Int 1999 11-2 21 18 39/3.6 2-5 0.5-1 0-0 2000 10-10 70 39 109/10.9 13-40 2.0-14 0-0 2001 11-10 103 47 150/13.6 28-76 6.0-40 1-5 Career 32-22 194 104 298/9.3 43-121 8.5-55 1-5