27 - Henry Sailes
Henry Sailes
Born: Feb. 1, 1989
Height: 5-7
Weight: 180
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Palmetto, Fla.
High School: Bradenton Southeast
Position: RB
Major: Interdisciplinary Studies

Versatility and skills make Henry a special player for the Golden Eagles...dynamic, explosive playmaker who earned a spot on the OVC All-Newcomer squad in 2007...has been slowed somewhat by injuries each of the past two seasons...comes into his senior season much stronger...tremendous quickness...has become a team leader...listed as a tailback, his position is a hybrid as part runningback, part receiver...will also return punts...fastest player on the team...a true tailback out of high school, he is an excellent receiver...extremely tough for his size...elusive and slips tackles...pound-for-pound, the strongest player on the Golden Eagle roster...incredible instincts with the football in his hands...ranked second on the team in rushing as a freshman and led the team as a sophomore...third in rushing as a junior while playing in only eight games...has handled the complexities of his position like a seasoned veteran...late addition to the 2007 roster and a real find out of Florida prep ranks...type of player opponents must always watch...among current players, Henry ranks first in career rushing yards (802)...comes into 2010 with 2,756 all-purpose yards to rank in Tech's career Top 10...ranks second in career kick return yards with 1,288...all-conference candidate.

At Tech (In 2009): Injuries limited Henry as a junior, sidelining him for three games...rushed for 162 yards on 25 carries in eight games...caught 15 passes for 80 yards...finished with 622 all-purpose yards including 285 on 13 kick returns...had 98 all-purpose yards in season opener against Pikeville and 99 at Georgia...season-best was 179 all-purpose yards at Jacksonville State, including 122 on kick returns and season-best 63 rushing yards on seven carries..rushed for 50 yards on six tries against Murray State.

(In 2008):
Henry led Tech in rushing and all-purpose yards as a sophomore...rushed for 433 yards and four touchdowns on 72 carries, averaging 6.0 yards per tote...averaged 28.1 yards per kick return to rank among national leaders...finished with 1,230 all-purpose yards...first 100-yard game of his career came on national TV against Southeast Missouri when he gained 113 yards on eight carries...reversing field, he went 63 yards for a touchdown, and that effort earned him the No. 1 spot on ESPN Sports Center's Top Plays for Friday, Sept. 12, 2008...finished the game with 164 all-purpose yards, including six catches for 51 yards...opened the year with 10 catches for 78 yards in victory over Gardner-Webb, one catch short of the school single-game record...finished with 171 all-purpose yards vs. the Bulldogs...had 86 yards on 10 tries against Central Methodist and 76 yards on five attempts vs. Austin Peay...had a 63-yard kick return against Murray State on Oct. 11, and the following week brought a kickoff back 87 yards for a TD against UT Martin (Oct. 16), the ninth-longest in school history...the next week (Oct. 25) his 78-yard TD catch at Austin Peay was the 10th longest pass play in school history...had season-best 177 all-purpose yards in that game against the Govs...ranked sixth in the OVC in receptions per game and eighth in receptions.

(In 2007):
Had a huge impact on the squad in his freshman season, earning a spot on the league's All-Newcomer team...ranked second on the team in rushing yardage, averaging 10.9 yards per carry...had 19 rushes for 207 yards and one touchdown...ranked third on the team in catches with 20 receptions for 119 yards...returned two punts for 24 yards...averaged 26.4 yards in 21 kickoff returns, including one touchdown...ranked third in the OVC and 21st in the nation in kickoff return average...his long return of the year was a 67-yard jaunt down the sidelines at Auburn, setting up Tech's first-quarter field goal...third on the team in all-purpose yards, finishing with 904 yards, including 554 on kickoff returns...biggest game added up to 212 all-purpose yards against Tennessee State, including 98 rushing yards on just three carries with a long of 71 yards...had a 76-yard kick return for a touchdown in Tech's victory over Murray State...named the OVC co-Newcomer of the Week (Sept. 23) after his performance against the Racers.

HIGH SCHOOL:
Ranked among the top recruits on the Florida Gulf Coast, Henry was a standout in both football and track & field at Southeast High School in Bradenton...after breaking onto the scene as the “Rookie of the Year" in his freshman season, Henry followed with a successful career for coach Paul Meachtle...named County Offensive Player of the Year, he was the team’s leading rusher with 1,315 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior...averaged 7.7 yards per carry...on the track, he set the school record of 10.3 seconds in the 100-meter dash and finished sixth in the Florida high school state meet.

PERSONAL:
The son of Henry Sailes Jr, and Ruben and Winnie Williams...full name is Henry Lee Sailes...born February 1, 1989...majoring in interdisciplinary studies.