"As a father, you're always proud," Charles Henry said. "I'm proud of him as a football player, but I'm more proud of him as a young man. As far as his football career, he was very determined."
While Christian Henry certainly was aware of Marshall, the Herd was never quite at the forefront of his recruiting. That may or may not have been affected by his high school senior season being in 2009 - the time the Mark Snyder era had its last gasp in Huntington and Doc Holliday took over.
"They sent me a few questionnaires, they showed a little bit of interest, but it kind of died down toward the middle of the season, and they didn't really talk to me through the rest of my senior year," he said. "They kind of stepped up a little bit at the end, when signing day was coming up, but I already knew where I was going to school, so I didn't pay attention anymore."
He doubted Monday night that his father would make the 862-mile haul to Murfreesboro, and Charles Henry confirmed as much. He sees his son's games at Florida Atlantic and Florida International (all came to C-USA from the Sun Belt), and tries to make one trip a year to MTSU.
Had the game remained on its original date, last Saturday, that could have happened. But for a midweek game, work obligations tend to get in the way.
"He's going to be there in sprit, so I'm not worried about it," Christian Henry said.
So Charles Henry will be watching on the television, probably with a strange feeling. He talked about living in California and tracking down a Sunday paper just to see the Marshall score.
"My wife asked, 'How are you going to feel about this game?' " he said. "I said, 'Well, I'm going to have to stay close to home. I've got to be there for my son.' Hopefully, he'll do well and we'll see where it goes from there.
"It's going to be interesting."
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