Former Episcopal star Mike Henry says he'd trade last year's thousand yard season for winning games his senior year. That kind of attitude has quickly gotten the attention of first year Nicholls State head football coach Tim Rebowe, who is charged with the task of turning around a Colonels' program that finished 2014 with an 0-11 mark."He's not just the face of our football program, I feel like he could be the face of the University," said Rebowe at the Southland Conference Media Day on Wednesday in Lake Charles.
Nicholls State was picked to finish tenth in the 11-team league with this year's preseason coaches' poll, but Rebowe expects to change that with the leadership of his running back from Baton Rouge. "Michael Henry does things the right way. He's that leader. They look to him. He's just a special human being," said Rebowe.
Henry was a finalist for the 2011 Warrick Dunn Award presented to the Sportsline Player of the Year and has been named to the SLC Academic All-Conference team every year he's been in Thibodaux, while making the Business school's Dean's list. The first-team All-SLC running back for 2015 hopes he can lead NSU to that kind of success on the field before he's done. "Having them look up to me means a lot. Having them look at me as a leader means the world to me," said Henry. "Every rep during summer workouts we were all killing it. I don't want to let anybody down ever, so I just try to do my best every play, every rep," insists Henry.
The only other time the Colonels ever had a winless season, they responded with eight wins the following year. "Definitely," added Henry, "and coach Rebowe was a part of that turnaround (as an assistant coach in 1995-1996) and I expect nothing less, and can't wait for him to be a part of this turnaround."
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