PHILADELPHIA – Louisiana Tech wide receiver Carlos Henderson realized a dream come true Friday night as the junior was selected in the third round as the 82nd overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos.
Henderson becomes the 74th Bulldog selected in the draft in Louisiana Tech history and the fourth Conference USA player taken in this year’s NFL Draft.
In his junior season, Henderson hauled in 82 receptions for 1,535 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns, while also rushing 14 times for 133 yards and two rushing touchdowns. In 2016, he was named one of 10 semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award, which goes to the nation’s top wide receiver. After three seasons, he ended his Bulldog career ranked fifth in school history in receiving yards.
Henderson became the first player in Conference USA history to be awarded both Offensive Player of the Year and Special Teams Player of the Year in 2016, while he ended the season ranked first in the NCAA with 19 receiving touchdowns and fifth nationally in receiving yards. He is the only player in the history of college football to top 325 yards receiving and score five touchdowns in a single game after registering 326 receiving yards and five touchdown receptions at UMass this past season.
The New Orleans native was also a return specialist for the Bulldogs over his three-year career with a total of 36 kick returns for 2,094 yards and three kicks returned for touchdowns, including two during the 2016 season. His 2,094 kick return yards over three seasons with the Bulldogs ranks second in Louisiana Tech history.
In just three seasons at Louisiana Tech, Henderson racked up 5,229 all-purpose yards, a mark that ranks fourth in program history. He accounted for 34 touchdowns and scored 204 total points from 2014 to 2016.
The NFL Draft continues Saturday at 11 a.m. with rounds 4-7.
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