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Big night for Derrick Henry in Atlanta

Alabama running back Derrick Henry celebrates the go ahead touchdown in the Crimson Tide's 29-15 victory over Florida in the SEC Championship game.
Alabama running back Derrick Henry celebrates the go ahead touchdown in the Crimson Tide's 29-15 victory over Florida in the SEC Championship game.

As the confetti and streamers fell from the roof of the Georgia Dome after Alabama's second straight SEC Championship, MVP Derrick Henry of Yulee managed to finally crack a smile.

"This one was a little sweeter for me because I'm a leader on this team," Henry said after rushing for 189 yards and a touchdown against Florida Saturday night.  It is the third-highest rushing total in SEC Championship history.

"My main focus was to finish," said Henry.  "We wanted to start fast and end fast, just finish. Our offensive line played great and we finished."

After losing to Ole Miss earlier in the year, it looked like the Crimson Tide wouldn't make it to Atlanta to attempt to repeat as SEC Champions, but Henry said that loss brought his team together.

"After the Ole Miss loss, we really came together. I'm so proud of this team," said Henry.

Henry went on to say that the Gators defense was the best they have faced all year.  Members of the Florida defense had similar compliments for Henry.  "He's a real good player, real big too," said Gator linebacker and Camden County standout Jarrad Davis.  "He's so big I think his size can intimidate you, but he's really patient too.  He's shifter than you think.  He will surprise you in that area."

Henry gave questions about the Heisman Trophy a stiff arm, saying that he's more focused on Alabama being in the College Football Playoff. The final standings will be revealed Sunday at noon.