Henry Setting Offseason Example for Western

By: Nate Sulham Email
By: Nate Sulham Email

Perhaps no team in central Virginia looks to their captain more than Western Albemarle does to Kent Henry.

The reigning Jefferson District Offensive Player of the Year has taken the reins in making sure his teammates attend offseason practices and workouts, both mandatory and optional.

That's because he knows if the Warriors are to repeat as JD champs, they'll need to be even more focused this year.

"That's probably the most important thing this year is building that team chemistry and seeing how quickly we can do it so we can get rolling earlier in the season than later," Henry said Wednesday before practice. "So at the moment every chance we get we're working together and trying to build that bond."

Western second-year head coach Ed Redmond calls Henry "another coach on the field" and lauds his pupil's attention to detail and cerebral approach to the game.

"He drives us from a work-ethic standpoint. Just a tremendous competitor. Certainly we're going to lean on him quite a bit for leadership."

The senior is hoping those leadership qualities, and his talent on the field, will impress college coaches.

Henry has attended summer camps in the hopes of improving his skills and attracting attention and thus far has received interest from a bevy of FCS schools.

Among those interested include Lehigh, Colgate, Princeton and a pair of in-state schools in Richmond and James Madison.

"It's been one of my dreams since I was a lot younger so I just want to achieve that and do anything I can to help myself get to that level," Henry said. "I don't know, it's crazy, I never thought I'd actually be able to but it's an exciting time."

Redmond has coached at the collegiate level and feels Henry will fit right in wherever he goes.

"He's a kid that someone is going to get a great kid. I know he's got his options still open but he's going to be a fine college football player."

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