'You're damn right' Alabama's Derrick Henry is nation's top running back, QB Jake Coker said after LSU's loss _lowres

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Alabama running back Derrick Henry (2) scores on a short run in the second half Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 in Tuscaloosa. Alabama won 30-16.


Alabama convincingly defeated LSU this past Saturday night, outplaying the Tigers in all phases of the game en route to a 30-16 win.

And Crimson Tide quarterback Jake Coker also believes teammate Derrick Henry soundly won the debate on who the nation's top running back is. It's Henry, right?

"You're damn right he is," Coker said after the game, according to AL.com.

In the battle of two of the nation’s best backs, it’s Henry who came out on top. Henry became the first running back to break the 66-yard mark against LSU this season, and Bama’s 250 yards rushing were 90 more than the next best squad this season.

Alabama held Fournette, LSU’s Heisman Trophy frontrunner, to 31 yards on 19 carries. That’s 160 yards below his average. He gained 1.6 yards per carry — 6 yards below his average entering the game — and that number was heavily bolstered by an 18-yard dash in the fourth quarter.

Without that run, Fournette ran for 13 yards on 18 carries.