Nicholls State quarterback Kalen Henderson is the most gifted football/athlete to play for the Colonels since Lardarius Webb, now a starting cornerback with the Baltimore Ravens, played in John L. Guidry Stadium.
The 6-0, 215 pound former East St. John High School standout has attracted a host of NFL scouts in the spring to watch him work out and a healthy 2014 season may launch him to be a middle to late round selection in the 2015 NFL draft.
After having a strong football spring and giving the Colonels the best threesome at quarterback in recent memory with Beaux Hebert and Tuscani Figaro, the strong-armed passer will now try his luck on the baseball mound for the Colonels.
Henderson says he is pleased with his development at quarterback, but would like to try his luck as a pitcher.
“I feel I had a strong spring. I learned the offense better and just had more time to work with the receivers and picked up the offensive system. I came in as a transfer from Tulsa and so last season we were just getting to know one another and I was learning the players and system here. We got pushed hard in the weight room to get mentally and physically stronger this winter and spring and I am anxious for the fall practices and be part of something special here at Nicholls, along with Beaux and Tuscani.”
“I pitched in high school and I have a family member who pitched some in high school, but he played catcher in the Chicago Cubs organization, and Coach Seth and Coach Stubbs have allowed to me give this a try. I’m just going to try and be a finisher type for the baseball team as a pitcher. “
Nicholls State baseball coach Seth Thibodaux said that he had spoken with Colonel head coach Charlie Stubbs on giving Henderson an opportunity to pitch.
"I assured Coach Stubbs I would not do anything to put Kalen at risk,” Thibodaux said. “ He would be a late inning relief pitcher for us. One inning and see what he can do on the mound. There is no doubt he can hum the baseball. He’s a just a terrific football player and we are just going to give this a try and see how well he can pitch.”