Jim Wyatt, SENIOR WRITER/EDITOR
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Titans running back Derrick Henry ended the 2018 season with a bang – and the NFL noticed.
Henry has been named AFC Offensive Player of the Month for December.
In five games in the month of December, Derrick Henry’s rushing totals included 97 carries for 625 yards and eight touchdowns. His 625 yards were the most by any NFL player in any calendar month this season.
Additionally, Henry authored one of only four calendar months for the franchise since 1970 in which a player rushed for at least 600 yards. Chris Johnson (800 rushing yards in November 2009) and Earl Campbell (633 in October 1980; 662 in November 1980) were the organization’s only other players to accomplish the feat in that timespan.
In December games vs. the Jaguars and Giants, Henry broke the franchise record for rushing yards (408) in back-to-back games, breaking Houston Oilers running back Earl Campbell’s record of 405 yards. Henry set a franchise record with 238 yards in a game vs. the Jaguars, and he piled up 170 yards a week later in a win over the Giants.
Henry’s final numbers for 2018: 215 carries, 1,059 yards and 12 touchdowns, with a 4.9 yard average.
His rushing yardage ranked second in the AFC to Joe Mixon’s 1,063 yards, and Henry finished sixth in the NFL behind Ezekiel Elliott (1,434), Todd Gurley (1,251), Saquon Barkley (1,198), Christian McCaffrey (1,080) and Mixon. Henry’s 12 rushing touchdowns tied James Connor for third place in the NFL behind Gurley (17) and Alvin Kamara (14).