Alabama will be facing Florida for just the second time in four seasons, but running back Derrick Henry is plenty familiar with the Gators. 

Growing up in Yulee, Henry pulled for the home-state school like many other people in the northeast part of the Florida. About the same time he was entering high school, the Gators had been rolling under Urban Meyer.

"I'm from Florida and always watched them," Henry said. "Really loved when Tebow was there. I'm a big fan of Tebow. It was a very exciting time to be a Florida fan, but I'm in college now and play for Alabama."

Henry had the opportunity to meet his favorite player while he was playing for the west team in the US Army All-American Game.

"I was very excited to meet him," Henry said. "He's from my area and did a lot of great things with football, and he's a great person."

Saturday's SEC Championship Game will give Henry an opportunity to follow in Tebow's footsteps by winning the Heisman Trophy. The Alabama junior is the favorite according to oddsmakers and a big performance on Saturday could bring the trophy back to Tuscaloosa.