Mikey Henderson, a junior cornerback turned wide receiver, has been out since suffering a minor hamstring injury during last Monday’s practice.
“We’re all trying to make Monday the date,” he said. “Monday’s a big scrimmage, and I want to show my stuff again.”
The 5-foot-10 Buford native showed plenty in the first eight spring practices. Henderson played sparingly in his first two seasons in Athens, and it was strength coach Dave Van Halanger who first suggested a position change this offseason.
Henderson then mentioned it to Coach Mark Richt during the mat drill program, which leads up to spring practice.
“Every time he’d sprint off the mat he’d kind of come by me and say, ‘wide receiver,’” Richt said. I think he did it kind of playfully, but…”
Richt called Henderson the day before spring practice started and told him he was making the move.
“I apologized to him for thinking about it too late,” Richt said, “but he’s intelligent. He’s a quick study.”
Henderson already has caught several touchdown passes this spring and moved to No. 2 on the depth chart at flanker, the most explosive of the wide receiver positions.
“I thought he’d be a slot at best,” Richt admitted.
Henderson didn’t know what to expect, he said.
“I have been surprised, I’m not going to lie,” he said. “When I got out there, I just felt like I could do it. I feel comfortable out there making plays. I’ll do whatever out there to help the team. I’m getting excited, but I’m trying to hold it in.”
Henderson’s former defensive teammates have taken notice of how quickly he has morphed into an offensive weapon.
“He is definitely one that you have to know where he is on the field,” linebacker Tony Taylor said.