October 21, 2009

Henderson healing from injury

Brandon Henderson played sparingly his first two years at Mississippi State playing behind Eric Butler, Jason Husband and Dezmond Sherrod on the depth chart at tight.

Upon their graduation, Henderson finally stepped into the spotlight last season playing in all 12 games as a redshirt sophomore and credits that trio with his development.

"Coming in, I had three tight ends ahead of me," Henderson said. "It was a good learning experience especially with me coming into a new position playing big time college football in the SEC. I just waited back and observed them. I tried to learn as much as I could trying to pick up all the knowledge and ask questions. I think I annoyed them sometimes because I asked so many questions but they definitely helped me a lot. I think that helped me get where I am today."

The 6-foot-2, 245-pounder caught six passes for 70 yards and one touchdown in 2008, all of which came in a four week stretch.

Having played h-back in high school, Henderson feels the new spread offense brought in by Dan Mullen fits his style of play more than the West Coast offense the Bulldogs ran his first three years on campus.

"I think the spread is more to my strength," Henderson said. "I played receiver in high school and when I got here it was a big adjustment to putting my hand on the ground. Now that we are in the spread offense I feel that it's more to my strength. I like running routes and catching the ball. I like blocking too but I like catching the ball a little bit more."

However, Henderson has only played in one game this season due to a high ankle sprain suffered in the season opener against Jackson State.

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