Scouting Report: Carter Henderson, LB, Duquesne

Murrysville, PA | 5112 | 225 | 4.70E | 2018


Strong tackler; nice read and react instincts, he’s quick to fill the gap and stuff the run—always in the right place, as one coach put it. He avoids getting tangled in the web and does a very nice job of shedding blocks. Has been praised by coaches and teammates for his smarts and is constantly calling out pre-snap reads. Undersized; being short stature means he will need to test extremely well in order to receive an opportunity. A two-year starter and former Penn State walk-on during the Bill O’Brien era; transferred after the coaching change. An instinctive player who lacks NFL size and speed…can he handle the NFL size on a regular basis? There are times he struggles with the bigger lineman of the FCS. Looks like a NFL tryout guy or possible CFL candidate.


2016: Started all 11 games at linebacker Paced the Dukes with 90 tackles (42 solo) on the season Ranked fourth in the NEC at 8.2 tackles per game Had at least 10 tackles in five games on the year Finished with 7.5 tackles for a loss of 30 yards Recovered a fumble and returned it 16 yards for a touchdown vs. Kennesaw State Returned an interception 23 yards for go-ahead touchdown vs. Dayton Tallied six quarterback hurries, including four vs. Bucknell Recorded career-high 11 tackles (two solo) in season finale at Central Connecticut.

2015: Had 33 tackles on the season (22 solo), including three tackles for a loss of 16 yards. Had two sacks for a loss of 14 yards. Added an interception, two pass breakups and a blocked kick.

2014: Did not play.

2013: Redshirt season.

 High School: Henderson excelled at linebacker at Franklin Regional High School for head coach Greg Botta. He lettered three times and was selected a team captain during his senior season. Henderson graduated as the school’s career tackles record-holder with 291. He earned first-team all-state and All-Keystone Conference honors and was a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fabulous 22 selection after making 145 tackles, with seven sacks, as a senior. He also was first-team all-conference after making 109 stops with four sacks and two fumble recoveries during his junior season for the Panthers.

 Personal: Full name is Carter Henderson. He is the son of Kathy Henderson and has two older brothers, Chris and Collin. He has a cousin who attended Penn State. Henderson plans to major in petroleum engineering. Born April 19, 1995 in Pittsburgh, Pa.