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9 Trulon Henry, DB Illinois Fighting Illini

Nov 19, 2011; Champaign, IL, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini linebacker Trulon Henry before the start of the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bradley Leeb-US PRESSWIRE

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Henry was on his way to a promising NFL career prior to being at the wrong place at the wrong time. After receiving a phone call in the middle of the night being asked to pick up a friend at a party he was shot in the hand. You can read the whole story here. Henry has all the intangibles to be a quality safety at the NFL level. He has the prototypical size strength and speed coveted by NFL teams. He is solid in coverage and has excellent closing speed.

In watching his tape you can clearly see he has good instincts, excellent read and react skills, and is always around the ball. He shows the ability to play sideline to sideline and is a very physical tackler. Due to a lack of depth in Illinois they moved him to LB his Sr year, but I feel he is a better fit at SS in the NFL.

2011: Athlon Sports preseason third-team All-Big Ten … Moved from safety to linebacker before fall practice.2010: All-Big Ten honorable mention (coaches and media) … Finished fifth on the team with 64 tackles and had a team-high three interceptions on the season … Also had 3.0 TFLs, three PBUs, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery on the year … Led team with eight tackles, including a career-best five solos, one TFL, a forced fumble and recovery at Fresno State … Recorded three solo tackles and an interception at Michigan … Tallied three solo tackles and one TFL in victory over Purdue … Posted seven tackles and one PBU in win over Indiana … Had six tackles and a PBU against Michigan State … Tallied a career-best two interceptions for 24 yards and four tackles against Ohio State … Posted a career-best 10 tackles, one forced fumble and one PBU in victory over Northern Illinois … Tallied seven tackles in Illinois debut against Missouri … Enrolled at Illinois in January of 2010 and participated in 2010 spring drills.

Junior College: NJCAA All-American … Earned first-team All-Midwest Conference honors … Played 10 games, posting 96 tackles, six tackles for loss, three fumble recoveries (two for touchdowns) and four interceptions during his sophomore campaign at College of DuPage … Named the Midwest Conference East Defensive Player of the Year … Was the team’s Most Valuable Player as a sophomore … COD Most Valuable Defensive Skill player … 2009 Team Captain … Played in 12 games, recording 114 tackles, nine tackles for loss, six fumble recoveries and one interception as a freshman. Illinois Football.

My story is continued on the next page…….

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