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Henderson leading nation in tackles

Jason Henderson is leading all National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Football Bowl Subdivision players in tackles during a record-setting season at Old Dominion University.

The sophomore linebacker from Delaware Valley was recently named as one of 20 semifinalists for the Chuck Bednarik Award as the best defensive player in college football.

Henderson has set some records and is chasing others.

The only player in the country to be in on 20 or more tackles in two games this season, Henderson has 148 tackles, 40 more than runner-up Jackson Mitchell from Connecticut, who has played in 10 games to Henderson’s 9.

Henderson had 19 tackles in last week’s 12-0 loss to Marshall. He has been in double figures and led the team in tackles in all nine games. Henderson set a school record of 21 tackles against Arkansas State, then broke it with 22 against Georgia Southern.

The Sun Belt Conference record is 165 by Rodney Butler from New Mexico State in 2016.

Henderson set season (162) and career (529) tackles records as an all-state player at Delaware Valley despite having his senior season reduced because of COVID.

As a freshman at Old Dominion, Henderson tied for third on the team with 80 tackles and was a member of the Conference USA All-Freshman Team.

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