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Top 100 Hogs: Tight end Hunter Henry

Hunter Henry would have been Arkansas’ best tight end, but his “Henry Heave” against Ole Miss gave him a permanent spot in fans’ hearts.

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Even before the Ole Miss game last season, Hunter Henry had secured his position as the best tight end in Arkansas football history.

That overtime win, though, may have sealed his place in the hearts of Razorback fans.

With the Hogs facing a fourth-and-25 and trailing by seven, Henry caught a desperation pass from Brandon Allen and was immediately surrounded by Rebels.

As he was falling, Henry gave a one-handed heave back to the middle of the field, Alex Collins managed to scoop it up, get a first down and the Razorbacks scored a couple of plays later, then converted a 2-point conversion for a win.

It has become known as the “Henry Heave” and will forever be etched into the memory of Hog fans.

Over his three years, the Pulaski Academy product caught 116 passes for 1,661 yards and nine touchdowns … Became one of just eight tight ends in SEC history to reach the triple-digit mark in receptions while playing in the conference … Of the eight, he is one of four to tally more than 1,500 receiving yards … His 1,661 career receiving yards rank second in program history among tight ends, only trailing D.J. Williams (1,855; 2007-10) … Totaled four 100-yard receiving games, equaling D.J. Williams’ program record by a tight end … 93 of his 116 career receptions resulted in a first down or touchdown, for a conversion rate of 80 percent … Of his 1,661 career receiving yards, 635 (39 catches) came on third down – more than any other down … His receptions on third down passing plays resulted in a first down or touchdown 97.4 percent of the time (36 first downs, two touchdowns) … Reeled in 62 percent of his targets (116 of 188) for an average of 8.8 yards per look.

He was a consensus All-American and All-SEC last season.

He was drafted in May by the San Diego Chargers in the second round with the 35th pick overall.

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