A couple days after the biggest performance of his career, Delaware coach Ryan Carty said Nolan Henderson’s best games may still be yet to come.
The Smyrna High grad completed 29-of-34 passes for 379 yards and four touchdowns — all career highs — in the Blue Hens’ 42-21 win at No. 17 Rhode Island on Saturday.
The performance earned Henderson the CAA Offensive Player of the Week award. He was also named the FCS national Player of the Week by STATS.
In the Delaware record books, Henderson’s completion-percentage (85.3) was fifth, the 379 passing yards were seventh and the 29 completions are tied for 12th.
Henderson’s 315 passing yards and four touchdowns through the first two quarters not only broke previous career highs for a game, but he threw for the second-most passing yards in a single half since Matt Nagy’s 358 yards in the first half against UConn in 1998.
“I don’t think that’s the best game he’s going to play here,” Carty said about Henderson. “I think we have a very high ceiling with Nolan and he’s only going to get better.
“For a guy who’s played a lot of football, he hasn’t played a lot of football. I mean, he’s been here forever and he’s been a starter for a while. But I want to say that was like his 18th or 19th game. ... Some of our defensive guys have over 30 starts. He’s still growing into the player he can become.”