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Alabama RB Henry wins Doak Walker Award as nation's top back

Dec 5, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide running back Derrick Henry (2) celebrates his 2 yard touchdown run in the second quarter against the Florida Gators in the 2015 SEC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 5, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide running back Derrick Henry (2) celebrates his 2 yard touchdown run in the second quarter against the Florida Gators in the 2015 SEC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

ATLANTA -- Alabama's Derrick Henry has won the Doak Walker Award as the nation's top running back.

Henry helped Alabama earn a spot in the College Football Playoff. He rushed for 1,986 yards to break Herschel Walker's Southeastern Conference single-season record. He ran for 189 yards and was picked as MVP in Alabama's SEC championship game win over Florida.

The only other Alabama running back to win the award was Trent Richardson in 2011.

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Henry was selected over LSU's Leonard Fournette and Stanford's Christian McCaffrey.

The award was presented on Thursday night, when Henry also was a finalist for the Maxwell Award as the college player of the year.

Melvin Gordon of Wisconsin was the 2014 winner.