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Henry leaving Arizona because of slim playing time

TUCSON, Ariz. -- University of Arizona starting tailback
Chris Henry is leaving the program and will declare for the NFL
draft, the Tucson Citizen reported Monday.

The junior rushed for a team-high 581 yards and seven touchdowns
on 165 carries this season, an average of 3.5 yards per attempt. He
started the first two games, was replaced in the lineup by Chris
Jennings for six games, and then did the bulk of his rushing in the
final four games.

Henry cited a lack of playing time early in the season as a key
reason for making his decision to leave. He also expressed concern
over the uncertainty of his role in new offensive coordinator Sonny
Dykes' spread offense.

Henry said his focus will be on full-time training so he can be
prepared for individual workouts with NFL teams. He is hoping to be
invited to the NFL scouting combine in February.

Senior-to-be Chris Jennings and Xavier Smith, who will be a
sophomore, are the expected front-runners to be the starting
tailback.