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Miami Hurricanes without Seantrel Henderson for opener

After a difficult offseason, Miami Hurricanes OT Seantrel Henderson, and projected starter at RT, won’t be on the field for the Hurricanes week 1 matchup against Boston College.

Ever since earning Freshman All-American honors in 2010, Henderson’s time at Miami has been going downhill. During the offseason before his sophomore campaign, Henderson underwent back surgery and missed the team’s first four games, and found himself appearing in only 8 contest while starting two.

Then it just kept getting worse.

Henderson was suspended for the beginning of spring practice after violating team rules, then unfortunately was late to fall camp because of the death of a close childhood friend back in Minnesota.

In June rumors were floating around that Henderson was planning on leaving the team or in the process of being dismissed.

The misfortune for Henderson kept piling on. On August 1st, Henderson was driving a car that collided with a family of a six and sent two children to the hospital. Henderson was cited for three traffic violations and suffered concussion and missed multiple practices recovering from his injuries.

He has yet to appear at a practice this fall and the mystery just continues to build around Henderson and many question if he’s even apart of the Miami Hurricane football team.

When Al Golden was asked about Seantrel and the circumstances surrounding him this is what he had to say:

“Seantrel is part of our football program,” Golden said. “Seantrel, right now, has to get his house in order before he can help us. That’s the truth. He’s got a lot of things going on. I’m going to keep it private with him. I think I owe him that. I think he’s got to get himself together and then he can help the Miami Hurricanes.” Asked if he expected Henderson to play against Boston College, Golden said: “I really don’t know. It would be hard. It’s 20 practices behind right now.”

20 practices is a bunch to overcome. Especially for a guy who’s already underwent back surgery, and missed time for concussions. The former number one recruit obviously has the talent to overcome these obstacles, and after trimming his weight down to 340 from almost 400 during the offseason, it seems that Henderson was headed in the right direction.

Golden also noted that for Henderson consistency is the most important factor in determining when he will see the field again. Not to mention, playing time for the RT job has heated up.

In his absence, two Hurricane OT’s have taken advantage of their opportunity. Junior Jermaine Johnson and true freshman Ereck Flowers have looked good have impressed coaches so far. “Probably the biggest surprise has been Ereck Flowers,” offensive line coach Art Kehoe said. “Not so much of a surprise because that’s what you usually get…he’s a freshman, but he’s really not a freshman because he came in January, so he knows the system.”

Henderson is listed as one of the top underclassmen to watch at the OT for the 2013 draft, but it’s safe to say that we won’t be hearing his name this April.

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Jeremy Cabler covers the NFL Draft and College Football for Rant Sports. Check out his Scouting Reports

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