Henderson announced on Twitter today that he would not return to Memphis next year, but nowhere in the tweet did it clarify whether or not he would play in the Birmingham Bowl against Wake Forest on December 22nd.
Obviously to most Wake fans the only thing that matters as it pertains to Mr. Henderson is whether or not he will be on the field in ten days. Now we all wish him the best in his future endeavors, however if he is playing against the Deacs it would make a third straight bowl win a bit tougher.
Henderson has been an absolute beast on the field for the Tigers this season as well as throughout his entire career. He was a First Team AP All-American, and finished 10th in the Heisman voting that was ultimately won by QB Kyler Murray of Oklahoma.
The stud running back finished with 25 touchdowns this season to lead the nation, and also racked up nearly 2,000 yards on the ground (1,909 yards), averaging over 8 yards per carry.
Wake Forest is going to have a tough task ahead of regardless of whether Henderson plays, as the backup running back Patrick Taylor Jr. also eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark, and ran for 15 touchdowns himself. The offensive line placed four on the AAC Pro Football Focus first team.
Personally I do not think Henderson makes this announcement if he is planning on playing in the bowl game, but also think it would be fun to see a much improved Wake Forest defense take on the monster running game that Henderson, Taylor Jr, and the offensive line has.
We will continue to monitor this as anything comes up, but this is big news with only a week and a half left before the bowl game.