Louisiana Tech's Carlos Henderson Earns Amateur Athlete of the Month Honor for October park
Carlos Henderson, a graduate of McDonogh 35 High School and currently a star receiver at Louisiana Tech, has been selected as the Greater New Orleans Amateur Athlete of the Month for October. Monthly award-winners are chosen in voting by the Greater New Orleans Sports Award Selection Committee, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
Henderson played in four games during the month of October, all wins for Louisiana Tech. The junior had 29 receptions for 709 yards and nine touchdowns for the Conference USA West-leading Bulldogs. His opened the month in an Oct. 6 win over Western Kentucky, the current leaders in C-USA's East Division, tallying eight catches for 232 yards and three touchdowns (22, 37 and 63 yards) as the Bulldogs held off the Hilltoppers, 55-52. Henderson, 5-11, 191 pounds, followed that up with a monster game in a 56-28 win over Massachusetts as he snagged 12 passes for 326 yards and five touchdowns (50, 42, 5, 83 and 6 yards). The 326 yards was the second-most in program history (trailing only Troy Edwards' 405-yard performance in 1998) and the most by a player this season in the country (second best is 296 yards). He added nine more receptions for 151 yards in two more Tech conference victories to close the month. For the season, Henderson is No. 1 in the country with 15 touchdown receptions and is fourth with 1,168 receiving yards.
Landry-Walker High School football star Keytaon Thompson was the top challenger to Henderson after completing 45-of-87 passes for 931 yards and 13 touchdowns, while also rushing for 310 yards and seven more scores, in a 4-0 month of October. Other top candidates for the monthly honor were Archbishop Rummel swimming star Thomas Vanderbrook, who was the top male swimmer at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Metro Swimming Championships; Country Day volleyball standout Jenna Ibieta, who set the school's career assist record while leading it to the No. 2 seed in the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Division V State Championship; and Jalen McCleskey, a graduate of St. Paul's School who had 26 receptions for 378 yards and four touchdowns in October as a sophomore for Oklahoma State.
The Greater New Orleans Sports Selection Committee has been selecting an Amateur Athlete of the Month each month since 1957. The athlete must be a native of the greater New Orleans area or must compete for a team in the metropolitan region in order to be eligible. Each of the monthly award winners will be honored in the summer at the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony, hosted by the Allstate Sugar Bowl.