Former Coastal Carolina running back De’Angelo Henderson returned to campus during family weekend and made an appearance at the Coastal Carolina football game against Georgia State game on Oct. 7.
Henderson was the 203rd-pick in the 2017 NFL Draft in the sixth round by the Denver Broncos and has been making regular appearances on special teams.
Henderson talked about what it was like to be back.
“It is an absolute blessing to be back here,” said Henderson. “It’s so cool to see the new stadium and how everything is going with the program. To see new guys step up in new roles, it’s just amazing.”
Henderson talked about what it has been like in the NFL and out in Colorado.
“My experience so far has been everything I have expected it to be,” said Henderson. “It has been fun, and it has been humbling. The fans out there in Denver are awesome. The atmosphere out there is beyond anything I had experienced in college. You have 80,000 people out there screaming and wearing orange. The fans out there are loyal, and the fact that they are there is all that matters.”
While in the regular season Henderson has been limited in touches, the former Coastal legend definitely made a name for himself during the preseason games.
In the very first preseason game of 2017 against the Chicago Bears, Henderson broke free and scampered 41 yards to the house to score the winning touchdown.
Henderson talked about what that moment was like for him.
“That was a great moment for me,” said Henderson. “They tried to take me out the play before and when they threw me back in there I told myself that I had to make a play here. It was close to the end of the game, all tied up, something had to happen, so why not me? They called a draw play, and I just had to make something happen.”
Henderson talked about why he chose to come back to Coastal during his bye week.
“Why not?” he said. “This is home. I was at my high school down in Summerville yesterday to give a pregame speech to the guys. Why not come to Coastal? This place got me to where I am at. I am forever grateful to this university. I wanted to come back here to show my face, to show my love and show my support.”
Henderson is Coastal Carolina’s leader in rushing yards (4,635), rushing touchdowns (58), points scored (386), rushing attempts (721), average yards per rush (6.43), most 100-yard rushing yard games (25), average rushing yards per game (92.7), all-purpose yards (5,556) and all-purpose yards per game (111.1).
Henderson also holds the NCAA Division I record for consecutive games with a touchdown (35).