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Tyrone Henderson
Player Profile:
Tyrone Henderson 4185
Position: Safety
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 180
Year: Sophomore
City/State: Oakland, Calif.
High School: McClymonds/Front Range CC
Experience: Redshirt

AT COLORADO/MONTANA STATE: 2006 (Sr.)—Left the program by mutual agreement just prior to the start of fall camp.  He transferred to Montana State (Division I-AA), where he played in 12 games, recording 52 tackles (18 solo, three for losses, one sack) and a forced fumble.


2005 (Jr.)—He played in all 13 games, starting 12 including the Champs Sports Bowl (he did not start against Texas in the Big 12 title game), as a solid camp propelled him into the starting role at safety where he would earn honorable mention all-Big 12 honors from the league coaches.  He finished third on the team in tackles with 78 (63 solo, two for losses), as he tied for second on the team with 13 third down stops.  He also had five pass deflections, a quarterback chasedown (near sack) and a forced fumble, the latter at Kansas State, where he played one of his best games of the season.  In addition to the caused fumble that set up a touchdown, he had 11 tackles, three passes broken up and two third down stops.  He was CU’s defensive back of the week for that game, as well as for games against New Mexico State (five tackles, one PBU) and Oklahoma State (six tackles, three third down stops).  He had 10 tackles in two other games, in the opener against Colorado State (eight solo) and at Texas during the regular season (all solo stops).  He had at least one third down stop in the first 10 games of he season, and had seven or more solo tackles in four games.  In the bowl game against Clemson, he recorded five tackles (three solo) and made the first interception of his career, which he returned 19 yards; it ended a Tiger scoring threat and was the lone turnover by either team in the game.


2004 (Soph.)—He saw action in all 13 games, including the Houston Bowl, and started 10 in the regular season, as he played both free and strong safety.  He saw action for 659 snaps from scrimmage and finished sixth on the team in tackles with 68 (45 solo), including one for a loss.  He added four third down stops, two pass deflections and a touchdown save.  Against Washington State, he earned his way into the Colorado record book as he blocked two punts to become the first CU player to record two blocked kicks in the same game.  Those were two of the three special team points he earned on the year, as he also had one knockdown block.  He had a “monster” game against WSU, as he also posted five tackles (four solo) and two third down stops as the coaches rewarded him with both the defensive back and special team player of the week awards.  He had at least four tackles in 10 games, registering nine on two occasions, against North Texas (seven solo) and at Missouri (five unassisted) and eight twice as well (versus Texas and Oklahoma, five solo each time).  In the bowl win over UTEP, he had six tackles (five solo) with a pass deflection.  He had 14 tackles (seven solo) and three passes broken up in the three main spring scrimmages after he re-enrolled at Colorado for the spring semester.


2003 (Fr.-RS)—He was suspended for the fall semester for violating team rules, and attended nearby Front Range Community College for the fall semester. He figured to see substantial playing time had he been at CU, judging by his performance in the spring.  He led the team in tackles in the three main spring scrimmages with 24 (15 solo, four for losses with a quarterback sack), a total which also included a team-high 11 in the Black & Gold game. 


2002 (Fr.)—Redshirted; did not see any game action but practiced all fall in the secondary.  He was the Scout Team Defense Award winner for the Texas Tech game.


HIGH SCHOOL—As a senior, he earned PrepStar All-America honors, as the magazine ranked him as the No. 8 “athlete” in its West region.  Prep Football Report and SuperPrep both named him to their All-Far West teams, while Rivals.com ranked him as the No. 54 cornerback in the nation.  He earned first-team all-state, all-metro, all-city and all-Oakland Athletic League honors, and was named an A&G All-Star, listed as one of the Bay Area’s Top 15 recruits and made the East Bay’s “Cream of the Crop” Top 20.  He earned second-team all-city and all-league honors and was honorable mention all-A&G as a junior.  As a senior, he made 138 tackles (97 solo), with 31 for losses including five quarterback sacks.  He added a whopping 49 passes broken up to go with six interceptions, seven hurries, six forced fumbles and six recoveries.  He was in on 83 tackles as a junior (20 TFL’s, two sacks), with 27 pass deflections, six hurries, two forced fumbles and a recovery.  He also rushed for 500 yards and four touchdowns, while completing 24-of-50 passes for 400 yards and three more scores.  He caught two two-point conversions both as a junior and senior, and he also punted on occasion as well.  He played junior varsity as a sophomore.  Top games as a senior included 13 tackles (five for losses totaling 30 yards), a forced fumble and a pass deflection in a 45-28 win over Skyline (he also caught two two-point conversion passes), and 10 tackles, three PBU’s and a fumble recovery in a 64-14 win over Piedmont.  McClymonds was 11-1 his senior year, winning the Oakland Athletic League title and the Silver Bowl, and was 7-4 his junior season under coach Alonzo Carter.  He also lettered four times in basketball (15 points, six rebounds and five assists per game as a senior), four times in track (sprints and relays), twice in cross country and will play baseball the first time as a senior.  He posted bests of 22.0 in the 200-meter run, 49.3 in the 400 and 2:03 in the 800 in track.


ACADEMICS—He is majoring in ethnic studies and communication at Colorado.  A steady 3.0-plus student in high school, he was consistently on McClymonds’ honor roll.


PERSONAL—He was born May 28, 1983 in Oakland, Calif.  Hobbies include reading, listening to music, watching sports and shopping; he was also active in his area’s Boys & Girls Club as well as in peer tutoring.


















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ADDITIONAL STATISTICS—Special Team Tackles: 0,1—1 (2005). Blocked Kicks: 2 punts (2004).

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