Michigan State wide receiver makes a brilliant one-handed touchdown catch in the season opener

The college football season is officially underway and there is already a nominee for Catch of the Year.

Michigan State opened its season Friday night against Central Michigan The Spartans went 1-0 this season with a 31-7 win over the Chippewas.

Tyrell Henry on a punt return

Michigan State Spartans wide receiver Tyrell Henry (2) escapes a pair of Central Michigan defensemen on a punt return during a college football game between the Michigan State Spartans and Central Michigan Chippewas on September 1, 2023 at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan. (Adam Ruff/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

In the fourth quarter, with Michigan State leading 17-7, Spartans quarterback Noah Kim floated a pass from Central Michigan’s 10-yard line into the end zone.


Wide receiver Tyrell Henry leapt in the air to grab the ball and landed a brilliant one-handed touchdown catch, the first of his collegiate career.

Henry, a sophomore, finished the evening with two catches for 25 yards State of Michigan pulled away in the fourth quarter.

“It’s a SportsCenter highlight,” Central Michigan coach Jim McElwain said of the catch, according to Michigan Live.


Tyrell Henry makes an on-handed TD grab

Michigan State wide receiver Tyrell Henry (2) catches a touchdown against Central Michigan defensive end De’Javion Stepney (5) in the second half on Friday, September 1, 2023 at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing. (Junfu Han / USA TODAY NETWORK)

Henry didn’t have a catch his freshman season but averaged over 18 yards on kickoff returns.

“My whole goal in college was to be the playmaker,” Henry said. “Even when I was younger I was always the player who will be explosive. That’s what I bring with me: the volatility, the speed and things like that.”

Michigan State has had a disappointing season in 2022, trailing 5-7 Third season of Mel Tucker as head coach.

Mel Tucker practices against Central Michigan

Head coach Mel Tucker of the Michigan State Spartans reacts after a play during the fourth quarter of a game against the Central Michigan Chippewas at Spartan Stadium on September 1, 2023 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Mike Mulholland/Getty Images)


“We started slow, but we kept cutting off,” Tucker said of 247 Sports after beating Central Michigan. “We were able to perform in all three phases and get the win. It’s a good start for us, we’re 1-0 up. After the 24-hour rule, we get back to work and attack Richmond. That’s what we expect to have a better football team next week.”

The Spartans welcome them Richmond spiders to East Lansing in week 2.

Rick Schindler

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