One of the top linebackers in the nation who was a Butkus Award semifinalist as a junior ... burst onto the national scene in 2006 ... surrendered his final year of eligibility to make himself eligible for the 2008 NFL Draft ... runs well and is a playmaker ... emotional, hard-working player ... attended the 2008 NFL Combine ... tabbed an All-American by three different media outlets in 2007 ... a first-team All-ACC choice in 2007 after earning second team honors as a sophomore ... a 2007 Playboy Preseason All-American ... also named to the preseason watch list for the 2007 Bronco Nagurski Trophy, Bednarik Award and Butkus Award ... a consensus 2007 preseason all-conference choice ... posted 247 career tackles, despite just two seasons in uniform ... missed the entire 2005 campaign with a knee injury ... led the ACC in tackles as a junior and was second in 2006 ... had 16 career double-digit tackle games ... had 17.5 career tackles for loss ... emerged as a leader on the defense in 2006 ... started his collegiate career at quarterback but quickly switched to linebacker ... 365-pound bench press tied for highest among inside linebackers in 2006.
as a Junior (2007): A Butkus Award semifinalist who led the ACC and ranked ninth in the nation in tackles per game (11.08) ... a third-team All-American and first-team All-ACC selection by Rivals.com ... an honorable mention All-America choice by SI.com, Pro Football Weekly and College Football News ... also a first-team all-league selection by ACSMA, ESPN.com and CFN ... the leading vote-getter at linebacker by ACSMA ... had 133 tackles on the season, the most a Terps defender since D'Qwell Jackson had 137 in 2005 ... posted nine double-digit tackle games on the season ... led the team with 11 tackles for loss despite missing the Georgia Tech game due to injury ... 14th in the conference in tackles for loss per game (0.92) ... ranked first in the ACC in fumbles recovered (0.33 pg) ... his four fumble recoveries were the most by a Terps defender since Orlando Strozier had six in 1993 ... battled knee and back woes the last few weeks of the regular season ... started all 12 games he played at Will linebacker ... named to the Playboy Preseason All-America team ... also named to the preseason watch list for the Bronco Nagurski Trophy and Bednarik Award, which each honor the top defensive player in the country ... voted one of 10 semifinalists for the Butkus Award on Oct. 18 ... a preseason first-team All-ACC selection by Athlon, Lindy's and The Sporting News ... (vs. OSU in the Emerald Bowl) ... tallied 11 tackles, including five solo stops ... (vs. NCSU) ... tied for second on the team with six tackles, including 1.5 for losses ... helped limit the Wolfpack to 250 total yards, including 10 on the ground ... (vs. FSU) ... had four tackles, his first game since the opener in which he did not reach double-digit tackles ... recovered a fumble in the fourth quarter ... (vs. BC) ... recorded 13 tackles, tied with Dave Philistin for the team lead ... also had one sack for a loss of seven yards ... (vs. UNC) ... led all Terps with 11 tackles ... recovered a fumble and returned it 21 yards before fumbling it back to Carolina ... (vs. Clemson) ... again led the team in tackles with 15, including 1.5 tackles for loss ... recorded his first career rush, a 12-yard gain for a first down on a fake punt ... (vs. UVA) ... shined in his first game back from a knee injury with a career-high 18 tackles, including nine solo and one for a loss ... (vs. GT) ... did not play due to injury ... (vs. RU) ... recorded 11 tackles, tied for the most on the team, despite playing much of the game with a knee injury ... also recovered a Ray Rice fumble and returned it 18 yards ... (vs. WFU) ... forced a fumble which he recovered himself and intercepted a Riley Skinner pass in the first half ... his two forced turnovers set up Maryland's first two touchdowns ... recorded 12 tackles, including seven solo ... had 1.5 tackles for loss ... (vs. WVU) ... had a team-high 11 stops, including seven solo ... had 2.5 tackles for loss for six yards ... (vs. FIU) ... recorded 12 tackles to lead the team in stops for the second consecutive week ... had one tackle for a loss of one yard ... part of a defensive effort that limited FIU to 81 yards passing and 82 yards rushing (vs. Villanova) ... made a team-high nine stops, including one tackle for a loss of two yards ... broke up two passes ... part of a defensive effort that allowed only 11 yards rushing for the game, and 28 total yards in the second half.
as a Sophomore (2006): A second-team All-ACC linebacker, one year after an ACL injury ... played in all 13 games, starting 12 at weakside linebacker ... ranked second in the ACC and 31st nationally in tackles with 8.8 per game ... even more effective during ACC play, ranking first (11.2 pg) in tackles in league games ... also tied for second in the league in forced fumbles with 0.23 pg ... averaged 12.4 stops over to the last five regular-season games ... had six double-digit tackle games on the season, including five straight from Oct. 14 through Nov. 11 ... (vs. PU in the Champs Sports Bowl) ... tallied four tackles with a forced fumble and pass breakup ... forced fumble on WR Dorien Bryant at the beginning of the second half led to a field goal ... (vs. WF) ... recorded 11 tackles (three solo) to lead the team in stops for the second-straight game ... (vs. BC) ... led the defense with nine tackles (six solo) ... (vs. Miami) ... recorded his fifth-straight game with double-digit tackles, with 13 tackles (four solo) and a half TFL ... (vs. Clemson) ... led the defensive effort with a then career-high 17 tackles (nine solo) and a forced fumble, which on a controversial call, was recovered by the offense on its own six-inch line ... (vs. FSU) ... had 12 tackles, including a career-best 10 solo stops ... had one TFL for one yard ... (vs. NC St.) ... notched 10 tackles (three solo) and intercepted a pass for the second straight week ... (vs. UVa) ... had 10 tackles (four solo) ... had one of the key plays of the season, intercepting a pass and returning the ball 45 yards for the deciding touchdown in the fourth quarter ... (vs. GT) ... notched eight tackles, including five solo stops ... (vs. FIU) ... notched two tackles ... (vs. WVU) ... posted six tackles, two solo, and forced a fumble ... one of his assisted tackles came for a loss ... (vs. MT) ... notched seven tackles, five unassisted ... three of his tackles were for a loss ... the first came on MTSU's first carry of the game ... (vs. W&M) ... made successful return from 2005 knee injury to start his first career game ... posted five total tackles (four solo) ... notched his first career sack late in the third quarter.
as a Redshirt Freshman (2005): Missed the entire season after tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament in the second week of fall camp ... had looked outstanding during the spring and into fall camp before injuring the knee.
as a Freshman (2004): Redshirt season ... entered school as a quarterback but moved to linebacker midway through the season ... named offensive scout team player of the week for his work in practice leading up to the Temple game ... had already moved to defense but ran the option to help the team prepare for Temple's Walter Washington.
at Aberdeen High School: A four-year starter who played quarterback and linebacker, excelling on both sides of the ball ... was 84 of 155 for 1,580 yards, 20 touchdowns and four interceptions as a senior while leading his team to its first-ever state championship ... also ran for 883 yards with eight TDs while posting a team-high 138 tackles and two interceptions ... best game may have been in the state 2A semifinals when he threw for three TDs on a sprained ankle, bringing his team back from an 18-point deficit to advance ... junior numbers included 1,005 yards passing, 15 TDs, 350 yards rushing and six TDs while averaging over 13 tackles per game ... Baltimore Sun Player of the Year as a senior ... also first team all-state (Associated Press), first team All-Met (Baltimore Sun) and all-county ... AP all-state as a junior at middle linebacker ... a Mid-Atlantic all-region pick by SuperPrep ... an all-region selection by PrepStar ... ranked the sixth-best inside linebacker in the country by ESPN.com's Tom Lemming ... also played basketball and ran track ... recruited by Virginia, Purdue and North Carolina ... coached by Joseph Harbert.
Personal: Born July 1, 1986 ... parents are Eric and Quinette Henderson ... older brother, E.J., was a two-time consensus All-American and ACC Defensive Player of the Year (2001-02) who won the Butkus and Bednarik awards while at Maryland ... currently plays for the Minnesota Vikings ... a communications major ... hometown is the same as that of retired major league baseball all-star Cal Ripken, Jr.
Henderson's Career Statistics Defense G-GS UT AT TT TFL Sacks FC FR PBU Int. 2006 13-12 54 60 114 6.5-13 1.0-5 3 0 2 2-49 2007 12-12 59 74 133 11.0-29 1.0-7 1 4 2 1-8 Career 25-24 113 134 247 17.5-42 2.0-12 4 4 4 3-57