04-22-2005, 07:24 AM
Bengals select...Chris Henry, WR, West Virginia
04-23-2005, 09:04 PM
Chris Henry, WR, West Virginia
Height: 6:04.0 Weight: 197
Overview: Henry is a big-play receiver in the mold of former Mountaineer Jerry Porter. Like Porter, Henry uses a perfect blend of size, speed and strength to provide game-changing plays on the field. In only two seasons with the team, he established himself as a playmaker. Henry was named New Orleans Small Schools Offensive Player of the Year at Belle Chasse (La.) High School during his senior year. He added All-District 11-3A and All-Metro honors as he caught 61 passes for 1,083 yards and 24 touchdowns as a receiver and recorded 73 tackles with six interceptions for 245 yards in returns, running four of those pass thefts back for touchdowns. The New Orleans Times-Picayune Metro Offensive MVP also earned letters in basketball and track. He enrolled at West Virginia in 2002, spending the season as a red-shirt on the scout team, where improved on his blocking and intermediate route running. Henry earned Big East Conference Rookie of the Year and All-Big East second-team honors in 2003. He started six games and snatched 41 passes for 1,006 yards (24.5 average) and 10 touchdowns. His 2003 performance was one of the most productive pass-catching seasons in West Virginia history. He became the second player in school history to record 1,000 receiving yards in a single season. He did so on 33 fewer catches than school-record holder David Saunders (it took Saunders 74 receptions to reach the 1,000-yard mark on the way to a 76-catch, 1,043-yard campaign in 1996). His 24.5 yards-per-catch average is the fourth-best in school history, though all three players ahead of him did so with less than 30 catches. Rich Hollins' 16 receptions in 1982 resulted in a 27.1 yards-per-catch average, Jay Kearney's 29 grabs in 1993 produced a 25.9 yards-per-catch average and Calvin Phillips' 24 catches in 1988 went for 25.5-yards per reception. Henry's 10 touchdown receptions in 2003 tied Cedric Thomas (1980) for second on the school's season-record list. Eight of his scoring catches covered 30 yards or longer and the first three receptions of his career resulted in touchdowns. "A first-year player doing the things he did, you really can't ask for much more," said quarterback Rasheed Marshall. "A lot of people just expected a deep threat here and there, but he did it on a consistent basis." Henry continued to excel on the football field in 2004, starting seven games, as he caught 52 passes for 872 yards (16.8 average) and 12 touchdowns. But, several on-field incidents frustrated his coaches, teammates, fans, opponents and league officials as well. Henry's lack of discipline overshadowed his talent. Against Rutgers, Henry caught a touchdown and set up another with a 69-yard catch before being kicked out of the game for two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. "I just told him it was embarrassing, flat out simple," Mountaineers coach Rich Rodriguez said. "I said: 'You are embarrassing yourself, you are embarrassing the program.' I don't even need to see what happened. ... Just a lack of poise, plain and simple." Henry, who didn't start because of previous on-the-field antics, got his first unsportsmanlike penalty for posturing near the end zone after his long catch and run with a fourth-quarter pass. Later in the game, he out-jumped cornerback Joe Porter for a 39-yard touchdown in the corner of the end zone. The two landed together, with Porter on top. Seemingly angry that Porter didn't get off him right away, Henry tossed the ball at the Rutgers player and kicked his leg out. It got him a second unsportsmanlike penalty and a trip to the locker room with 8:52 to go. Henry was escorted off the field, occasionally looking at the Rutgers bench and later yelling at fans. He then raised his left hand and extending his middle finger at the Rutgers crowd as he left the field. "That stuff is just stupid, man," QB Rasheed Marshall said. "I try to talk to him all the time. Sometimes, he listens and other times he just goes and does his own thing." For his transgressions vs. Rutgers, he was not allowed to play in the first half of the following game vs. Temple. In two seasons at West Virginia, Henry accounted for 1,878 yards and 22 touchdowns on 93 receptions, starting 13 of 25 contests. His 1,878 yards rank eighth on the school's all-time record list. Only Cedric Thomas (23, 1976-80) had more touchdown catches in West Virginia annals. He joined James Jett (20.7 average, 1989-92) and Danny Buggs (20.9 average, 1972-74) as the only players in school history to average over 20 yards per catch in a career.
Analysis: Positives... Has the quickness and thrust in his get-off to immediately get into his routes and defeat the jam... Uses his change of direction agility and swim moves to get a smooth release off the line... Smooth straight-line runner who can adjust to uncover... Catches with hands extended from the frame and will not hesitate to go over the middle and compete for the ball in a crowd... Will lay out to get to the deep ball and has the lower body power to run through defensive backs that fail to wrap him up... Uses his size and leaping ability to win most battles for the jump ball... Shows good body control to make adjustment to the ball in flight and does a nice job of catching over his shoulders... Sets up his double moves nicely vs. zone coverage... Shows good field vision and awareness, is alert to sticks and maintains balance to keep his feet in bounds working along the sidelines.
Negatives... Has had problems with the coaching staff ever since he arrived at WVU, struggles with his academics and has had more than a fair share of on-field antics, enough that even his own teammates voiced disgust with his attitude... Despite his size and strength, he gives just a marginal effort as a blocker... Unpolished route runner, especially in the intermediate area, as he rounds his cuts... Can catch the ball in his hands, but will drop the easy ones when he tries to cradle the ball... Fails to find the soft spot in zone coverage, but does display good double moves to elude.
Agility tests: 4.52 in the 40-yard dash... 2.68 20-yard dash... 1.65 10-yard dash... 33 5/8-inch arm length... 9 -inch hands... 9 Wonderlic score.
High school: Attended Belle Chasse (La.) High School, playing football for coach Bob Becnel... Named New Orleans Small Schools Offensive Player of the Year during his senior year... Added All-District 11-3A and All-Metro honors as he caught 61 passes for 1,083 yards and 24 touchdowns as a receiver and recorded 73 tackles with six interceptions for 245 yards in returns, running four of those pass thefts back for touchdowns... The New Orleans Times-Picayune Metro Offensive MVP also earned letters in basketball and track.
Personal: Athletic Coaching major... Son of Carolyn Lee and David Henry... Born 5/17/83... Resides in Belle Chasse, Louisiana.
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