Clemson Football: DE KJ Henry has huge opportunity this spring

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Clemson football DE K.J. Henry has an opportunity to solidify himself in the defensive end rotation and become a major factor for the Tigers.

It took K.J. Henry a little bit of time before he was able to step in and contribute for the Clemson football program.

Henry stepped on campus a little underweight and spent his first season as redshirt, getting stronger in the weight room and becoming adjusted to the system. That’s not the case for many 5-star prospects in today’s College Football, but it proved to be beneficial for the talented defensive end.

Henry came into his redshirt freshman season in 2019 looking to become a major contributor and that’s exactly what he did. Though Henry didn’t earn a starting position, he filled his role on the second-string and Clemson football fans began to see more and more of him as the season progressed.

Towards the end of the year, Henry was getting starter-level snaps and finished with 23 total tackles, two sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss.

Now it’s time for him to take that next step.

The Tigers have plenty of talent, depth and experience returning in the defensive end room despite the loss of Logan Rudolph.

Henry will be competing with Justin Foster, Xavier Thomas and Justin Mascoll for the two starting positions and there’s no reason to believe that he shouldn’t be one of the favorites coming into the battle.

He proved to have the talent- and Tiger fans saw glimpses of that potential in 2019- and now it’s all about taking the next step towards becoming a major impactor for the Clemson football defense.

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Henry has a huge opportunity to take the next step this season and that all begins in spring practice where he’ll have a chance to establish the pecking order at the position.