Athlete of the Week: Mickey Henry

Athlete of the Week: Mickey Henry

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Athlete of the Week: Mickey Henry

MICKEY HENRY, senior, St. Elizabeth football

THE WEEK: The 6-foot-4, 270-pound right tackle combined with RG A.J. Holliday, C John Vincent DiSabatino, LG Matt Shields, LT Nick Kindbeiter and TE David Hazelton to pave the way for six rushing touchdowns in the Vikings’ 49-0 victory over McKean.

THE GAME: “Offensively, we scored on every drive that we had,” Henry said. “Defensively, besides the first series, we pretty much stuffed them. But of course, we still have stuff to work on.”

THE ATTITUDE: “I have a mindset of I’m taking my guy to the dirt every play,” Henry said. “I don’t care if it’s a weaker guy, stronger guy, taller guy, bigger guy, smaller guy, I have the same mindset every play. To me, I can’t take a break.”

THE TRANSFER: Henry transferred to St. Elizabeth from Eastern Christian Academy in Elkton, Md., last fall, arriving in time to play in the Vikings’ final five games. “When I came here, everyone opened up their doors and opened their arms,” he said. “I felt very comfortable.”

THE COACH SAYS: “Mickey was a natural fit here at St. Elizabeth,” Vikings coach Joe Aviola said. “The thing that was really special about Mickey was that he increased the level of intensity on the field for all of the players. That’s what was really nice to see.”

THE ONE-TWO PUNCH: St. Elizabeth expects to run the ball a lot this season, with Henry clearing the way for big junior running back Chris Cropper, who scored four touchdowns vs. McKean. “When you have a 270-pound tackle followed by a 215-pound running back, we tend to come right at you,” Aviola said. “But what’s unique about us is, we do have some other weapons that can get to the edge.”

THE CLASSROOM: “I like learning about history,” Henry said. “I love learning about what people went through back then. I like sometimes comparing it to my life situation now.”

THE FUTURE: Henry was being recruited by William & Mary, Army, Temple, Stony Brook, and New Hampshire. But he committed to the University of Delaware in July, and plans to accept the Blue Hens’ scholarship offer. “I always told my family I’m going away for college,” he said. “But when Delaware came up, I looked around, saw their facilities, and I was like, ‘This is where I need to be. There’s nothing better than playing in front of your family, playing in front of your friends, playing in front of your home state.”

Send Athlete of the Week nominations to Brad Myers at bmyers@delawareonline. Follow on Twitter: @BradMyersTNJ

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Mickey Henry, a 6-foot-4, 270-pound offensive tackle at St. Elizabeth, is The News Journal's Athlete of the Week. The senior has committed to play football at the University of Delaware next fall.

Mickey Henry, a 6-foot-4, 270-pound offensive tackle at St. Elizabeth, is The News Journal’s Athlete of the Week. The senior has committed to play football at the University of Delaware next fall.

18 year-old Mickey Henry, a senior offensive lineman for St. Elizabeth High School.

18 year-old Mickey Henry, a senior offensive lineman for St. Elizabeth High School.

18 year-old Mickey Henry, a senior offensive lineman for St. Elizabeth High School.

18 year-old Mickey Henry, a senior offensive lineman for St. Elizabeth High School.

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