Michigan State’s Xavier Henderson talks NFL scouts, his return to East Lansing

At this time one year ago, Michigan State senior safety Xavier Henderson believed he was preparing for one final season as a Spartan, and that he would hear his named called in the 2022 NFL Draft.

“Crazy how life works sometimes,” Henderson said with a smile last week, on the first day of spring practice back in East Lansing. “I’m glad to be back. I’m excited. I’m just ready to get better. “

The Spartans had an excellent season in 2021 – finishing 11-2, beating Michigan in a Top 10 matchup at Spartan Stadium and capping it all with a Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl victory. Henderson had good season as well, compiling 96 tackles, three passes defended, an interception and a forced fumble.


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