A veteran who will compete for time at first base ... an excellent defensive first baseman who has shown to be a capable pinch-hitter in clutch situations for the Tide ... has played in 68 games during his UA career and posted a .316 (18 for 57) batting average with two home runs and nine RBI ... tallied career highs in hits (11), home runs (2) and RBI (5) as a junior in 2008 ... made his UA debut against Samford on Feb. 14, 2006 ... His first career hit was pinch-hit single against Mississippi State on April 2, 2006 ... he has recorded four career multi-hit games and two multi-RBI games ... 3 for 10 (.300) as pinch-hitter with two doubles, one home run and five RBI ... all three career pinch-hit have been extra base hits ... 0-for-1 in his career with the bases loaded.
CUBA FRIENDSHIP TOURNAMENT:
Henderson played every game during the three-game exhibition series against Cuba, mainly as a defensive replacement at first base ... had one pinch-hit opportunity.
CAREER POSTSEASON NOTES:
Overall, Henderson has appeared in seven career postseason games for the Tide ... He has made four SEC Tournament appearances and three NCAA Tournament appearances ... made post season debut during 2006 season ... played in two SEC games in 2006 Tournament against Arkansas and LSU ... recorded pinch-hit single against LSU on May 26, 2006 ... played in two NCAA Super Regional games against North Carolina on June 9-10, 2006 ... Played in two SEC Tournament games in 2008 SEC Tournament against Georgia and Kentucky ... made one appearance in NCAA Conway Regional, where he slugged a two-run home run in first round win over East Carolina on May 30, 2008.
Played in career-high 29 games for the Tide, including seven starts at first base ... batted .379 (11 for 29) with two home runs and five RBI ... posted career highs in games played (29), starts (7), batting average (.379), hits (11), home runs (2) and RBI (5) ... also played in nine SEC games and hit .273 (3 for 11) with one RBI ... went 2 for 4 with solo home run in first start of season at first base against New Orleans on March 19 ... collected three hits, including RBI double, against Mississippi Valley State on April 8 ... posted three-game hitting streak from April 20-25, where he batted .400 (4 for 10) with one double and one RBI ... slugged two-run home run against East Carolina in NCAA Regional on May 30.
Played in nine games as a backup first baseman ... tallied a pinch-hit RBI double against Canisius on Feb. 16, one of five extra base hits in an eight-run inning by the Tide ... played summer ball for the Watertown (N.Y.) Wizards in the New York Collegiate Baseball League ... played in 31 games and hit .178 (18 for 101) with one home run and six RBI ... led Watertown to a 25-19 overall record and a berth in playoffs.
Appeared in 38 games, primarily as a late-inning defensive replacement at first base ... earned starts at first base against Vanderbilt and Auburn ... hit .273 (6 for 22) with two doubles and three RBI ... in 17 SEC games, he hit .286 (4 for 14) with two doubles and three RBI ... recorded his first career hit against No. 1-ranked Mississippi State on April 2 ... went 2 for 4 with one RBI to help the Crimson Tide to a 14-7 series-clinching win over No. 22 Vanderbilt on April 22 ... added a pinch-hit, two-run double in the Tide's 6-5 come-from-behind win over Vanderbilt on April 23.
Was redshirted during the 2005 season ... played summer ball for the Kansas City Grays in the MINK League ... played for Coach Joe Reed ... hit .312 with nine stolen bases in 32 games for the Grays.
A 2004 graduate of Oxford (Ala.) High School ... a four-year starter ... played for Coach Todd Mixon ... hit .411 with 36 home runs and 154 RBI in his career with the Yellow Jackets ... a three-time All-State selection by The Birmingham News and the Alabama Sports Writers Association ... a three-time All-Calhoun County selection by The Anniston Star ... a three-time All-Area Diamond Dazzlers selection by The Anniston Star ... hit .456 with nine home runs and 40 RBI as a senior in 2004 ... also drew 47 walks, the sixth-highest single-season total in AHSAA history ... hit .451 with 13 home runs and 43 RBI as junior in 2003 ... the 13 home runs were the most by any Class 5A player in the state that season ... named Most Valuable Player of the 2003 Calhoun County Tournament, leading OHS to the championship ... played for Team Alabama in 2003 and played against the USA Junior National Olympic team that finished as runner-up in the junior Pan-American Games ... also played for the Bama Bombers at the 2003 World Wooden Bat Association Tournament in Jupiter, Fla. ... participated in the 2003 Team One Showcase at Houston, Texas, and was named one of the Top 25 prospects at the showcase ... hit .454 with 10 home runs and 46 RBI as sophomore in 2002 ... earned Oxford's 2002 Big Stick Award and 2002 Offensive Player of the Year honors.
Full name is Russell Wesley Henderson ... son of Terry and Sue Henderson ... his first cousin, Scott Clackum, is a former All-America pitcher at Clemson.