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Wisconsin looks to slow Alabama's Henry

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MADISON, Wisconsin (WKOW) -- Saturday's game will feature two of the bets running backs in college football: No. 3 Alabama's Derrick Henry and No. 20 Wisconsin's Corey Clement. Badger fans wondering how Wisconsin can pull off the upset on Saturday need to hone in one simple stat.

Hold Alabama to less than 100 yards rushing. The Badgers are 10-0 when they have done that under defensive coordinator Dave Aranda.

Of course, that is easier said than done against Alabama. The Crimson Tide are a run-first team led by Henry. The junior rushed for 990 yards and 11 touchdowns last season as a backup. Listed at 6'3", 242 pounds, Henry will be a load for the Badgers revamped front seven to bring down.

Junior cornerback Sojourn Shelton witnessed Henry first-hand back at The Opening, a Nike event that displays some of the best high school recruits in the country. 

"He's a great player. he's somebody that presents a lot of challenges, " Shelton said, "He's a big dude, he's a punisher. He's gonna fight for those yards. That's kind of hard when you're facing a back like that. They pick up two to three yards here you know, first and ten and he picks up three. You just got to understand he's another player, he's great player, and you just got to be ready to fight."

The rest of the Badger defense has been studying him as well. Senior linebacker Vince Biegel knows that Henry's big-body will present a tough challenge. 


"He does a lot of great things, he's a very versatile running back, " Biegel explained, "He can catch out of the backfield. Great runner, he's a big guy, he's a big guy to bring down. And it's gonna be stopping him early and just kind of getting him off his track but also being patient."

The Badgers will open their season against the Crimson Tide Saturday, September 5, at At&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. 

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