Tag:Seantrel Henderson
Posted on: March 6, 2012 12:37 pm

Spring Practice Primer: Miami

Posted by Chip Patterson

Spring football is in the air, and with our Spring Practice Primers the Eye On College Football Blog gets you up to speed on what to look for on campuses around the country this spring. Today we look at Miami.

Spring Practice Started: March 3

Spring Game: April 14

Three things to look for:

1. Replacing key defensive playmakers.  The Hurricanes have said goodbye to several upperclassmen who contributed significantly on the defensive side. With players like Sean Spence, Marcus Robinson, Micanor Regis, JoJo Nicolas gone; Al Golden will be looking to a collection of unproven defensive players to step up. Rookie standouts Anthony Chickillo and Denzel Perryman return for their sophomore campaigns, but the rest of the front seven will need to be filled in with to-be-determined playmakers. One player to keep an eye on along the defensive line is redshirt junior Shayon Green, who has received praise from the coaching staff for his offseason work.

2. Ryan Williams' chance to challenge Stephen Morris.  Offseason back surgery will keep junior quarterback Stephen Morris out of contact drills for Miami's spring practice. Morris battled with former quarterback Jacory Harris for the 2011 starting job for nearly six months before losing what nearly everyone close to the program called a "neck-and-neck" battle. But while game experience gives him an edge on freshmen Gray Crow and Preston Dewey, he will still likely have to beat Memphis transfer Ryan Williams for the job in the fall. As a freshman in 2010, Williams won the Tigers' starting job in the second game of the season. A former Florida 6A State Championship MVP, Williams will be looking to put on a show in his return to the South Florida area.

3. Settling on an offensive line.  Miami never settled on a single offensive line rotation during the 2011 season. As players battled through injuries and other setbacks, the coaching staff kept competition for snaps open in practice. The results were mixed, and the lack of continuity along the unit seemed to hold back the offense at points during the season. Spring practice has already started with trouble on the line, with tackle Seantrel Henderson getting hit with a brief suspension for a violation of team policy. Henderson, once considered the future of the unit, will face tough competition from one of the deepest positions in spring ball for the Hurricanes.

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Posted on: October 28, 2011 11:30 am

DODDCAST: Talking NCAA changes and NCAA records

Posted by Chip Patterson

In this week's edition of the Doddcast, Dennis Dodd and Adam Aizer review Miami's first home loss ever on a Thursday, and credit Mike London for the recent success at Virginia. History was also made in Houston, with Case Keenum breaking Graham Harrell's career touchdown record in a nine-touchdown performance against Rice. Dodd breaks down the NCAA reforms approved this week, discuss Kansas State's chances against Oklahoma, and the crazy state of SEC/Big 12/SEC/Big 12 Missouri.

Nothing is off limits this week as Dodd, an admitted die-hard St. Louis Cardinals fan, even weighs in on the historic Game 6 Thursday night. They also answer some listener emails, so be sure to submit your question to podcast [at] cbsinteractive [dot] com 
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Posted on: October 19, 2011 1:36 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2011 1:39 pm

Injured Georgia Tech LBs return to practice

Posted by Chip Patterson

When Georgia Tech needed a stop against Virginia in the fourth quarter on Saturday trailing 24-21, they could not stop the Cavaliers' two-headed rushing attack of Kevin Parks and Perry Jones. The two backs combined 64 yards rushing on the final drive as the Yellow Jackets burned their timeouts and watched Virginia take the victory formation to seal the upset. Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Al Groh should see an upgrade in his unit against Miami, with starting linebackers Jeremiah Attaochu and Daniel Drummond returning to practice this week.

Both players suffered leg injures against N.C. State on Oct. 1 and have not returned to game action since. CBSSports.com's Larry Hartstein reports Drummond will be "a full-go" while head coach Paul Johnson said Attaochu, while back in practice, is still recovering from his injury.

"I'd say he's 75 to 80 percent, and he's still got some time until Saturday," Johnson explained on Tuesday.

Attaochu was a crucial part of the Yellow Jackets defense, and still leads the team in tackles for loss even after sitting out two games. This is the junior's first season starting, and his breakout came just in time for Groh's 3-4 defensive scheme. Along with Drummond, Attouchu's return allows the unit to shift back into their normal positions and helps with the Yellow Jackets' depth deep in the fourth quarter. With powerful running back Lamar Miller awaiting them in Miami, they'll need all the bodies they can get to bring him down.

There has been some shuffling along Miami's offensive line, ever since the return of tackle Seantrel Henderson. Head coach Al Golden has been letting Henderson and Brandon Washington (who earned All-ACC honors at guard in 2010) compete for the position during practice. The shuffling of the line could be one reason the unit has been struggling in recent weeks.

Senior center Tyler Horn said the play of the line was to blame for Miller (ranked 10th nationally in rushing) being held to 29 yards and less than two yards per carry against North Carolina. Washington is expected to get the start over Henderson against Georgia Tech, but keep an eye on those Yellow Jacket linebackers trying to throw different looks at a rotating Hurricanes line.

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Posted on: September 26, 2011 4:48 pm
Edited on: September 26, 2011 4:53 pm

Seantrel Henderson expected to return this week

Posted by Chip Patterson

Miami has shuffled their offensive line several times this season, using different rotations in all three contests. While the positions continue to shift, the unit is getting an upgrade with the return of Seantrel Henderson.

Head coach Al Golden indicated this week he expects Henderson to start off as a backup this week, slowly getting worked back into that revolving rotation on the line. The sophomore has been battling his way back to the field since undergoing back surgery in August. Golden has complimented the work ethic of the Freshman All-American, pointing out the sophomore's 40-pound weight loss an example of efforts made to improve his overall health and physicality. Certainly Henderson's full recovery from back surgery is another example of that dedication.

Miami also hopes to have starting running back Lamar Miller ready for the Hurricanes' tilt with Bethune-Cookman. Miller injured his shoulder in the fourth quarter of the Hurricanes' 28-24 loss to Kansas State, but Golden appears to have very little doubt in his status for Saturday.

"He better be playing," Golden said of the sophomore running back. "I guess you would say he's probable. I don't think there's any question that he should be able to play."

With the investigation, suspensions, and injuries, the Hurricanes have had an abnormal start to the 2011 season. Equally inconsistent has been the play on the field, which has been impressive and mind-numbingly frustrating - sometimes in the same quarter. Every time the defense comes up with a big stop on third down or the offensive line opens up a great hole for Miller, it seems their good play is followed by a mental mistake or unnecessary penalty. The Hurricanes have the talent on board to make 2010 a very successful first year for Golden, and there have been flashes of that success in their first three games.

The Hurricanes' time to put it together is dwindling. After facing Bethune-Cookman on Saturday, Miami faces all five coastal division opponents in consecutive weeks. The stretch starts with road games against Virginia Tech and North Carolina, and finishes with a home stand against Georgia Tech, Virginia, and Duke. A successful showing in that stretch could put the Hurricanes in position to contend for the Coastal Division crown. However if the consistent play continues, they could find themselves battling for bowl eligibility come November.

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Posted on: August 25, 2011 4:34 pm
Edited on: August 25, 2011 4:40 pm

Golden optimistic about Seantrel Henderson's back

Posted by Chip Patterson

The number one concern of most Miami football fans right now is the status of the 12+ players allegedly connected to the NCAA's investigation of the football program. So it should come as a welcome change of pace to hear some positive news regarding the status of another star Hurricane, particularly one not named in the Yahoo investigative report.

Head coach Al Golden did inform the media on Thursday that the school planned to declare players associated with the investigation ineligible with hopes of getting them cleared before the Hurricanes' season-opener on Sept. 5 against Maryland. But he also was able to give a positive update on offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson's recovery after undergoing back surgery on Aug. 8.

"Everything is positive right now in terms of the back injury," Golden said. "We're optimistic, but we're being cautious with it. We're talking about a young man that has a really positive future and bright future. We just want to be prudent with it and we really won't know anything for 3 or 4 weeks probably."

According to CBSSports.com's Brian London, the sophomore tackle was seen lifting weights on Thursday morning, and Golden added that he already has been able to get into his stance. This news is extremely uplifting particularly after reports surfaced that the FWAA Freshman All-American may miss the entire season recovering from the operation.

But "3 or 4 weeks from now" brings us to a crucial point in Miami's schedule if they plan to compete for an ACC Championship this season. After facing Bethune Cookman on Oct. 1, the Hurricanes play all five Coastal Division opponents in a row. First back-to-back away games against Virginia Tech (Oct. 8) and North Carolina (Oct. 15), followed by a home stretch against Georgia Tech (Oct. 22), Virginia (Oct. 27), and Duke (Nov. 5). The Hurricanes' season could be determined in that stretch, and they will need as many players healthy (and eligible) as possible in order to compete for a Coastal Division crown.
Posted on: August 3, 2011 9:35 am
Edited on: August 3, 2011 9:41 am

Report: Henderson could miss entire 2011 season

Posted by Chip Patterson

When Miami head coach Al Golden addressed the status of touted offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson at ACC Media Day, he was proud to inform the media that Henderson had dropped his weight just under 350 pounds and was getting in shape after being troubled with some back issues in the spring. He did not expect Henderson to be ready for the start of camp, guessing that he would miss the first "7-10 days."

The expectations for Henderson changed on Tuesday when it was reported that the sophomore tackle will undergo back surgery, with no timetable set for his return. According to the report, Henderson's procedure is scheduled for Aug. 8, but no details have been revealed on the extent of the operation.

Tuesday evening Jorge Milian, of the Palm Beach Post, cited a team source that suggested Henderson could miss the entire 2011 season, with many other reports around Miami suggesting a similar outcome.

Henderson was the top rated recruit in the nation coming out of high school and started 10 games for the Hurricanes in his freshman campaign. However, back issues kept him limited during spring practice and he was expected to battle 6-foot-7 320-pound Malcom Bunche for the started tackle job this fall.

If Henderson is out for the season, the greatest hit the Hurricanes will take is to their depth. Bunche has received good reviews from his work in the spring, but the redshirt freshman still hasn't seen any action in a game. Luckily for Miami, seniors Harland Gunn, Tyler Horn, and All-ACC senior Brandon Washington are all healthy and ready to lead the unit heading into camp.

The school has not made an official statment on Henderson's status, but Golden is expected to address the issue on Friday in a news conference.
Posted on: August 2, 2011 12:51 pm

Seantrel Henderson to have back surgery

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Miami will have a bit of a hole to fill on its offensive line in 2011, as it was reported on Tuesday that offensive lineman Seantrel Henderson will undergo back surgery.

The surgery will take place on August 8th, and there is no timetable on Henderson's return. Still, considering that it's back surgery, it's possible that Henderson may miss the entire season. According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel's Steve Gorten, Brandon Washington will move from right guard to right tackle to replace Henderson.

Henderson was one of the top recruits in the nation in 2010, and was named a Freshman All-American after starting nine games for the Hurricanes in 2010. He began complaining about back pain during the spring, and it continued during the offseason.

Henderson was already suspended for the Hurricanes' season-opener against Maryland
Posted on: July 25, 2011 7:19 pm

Golden: QB decision coming Aug. 19-22

Posted by Chip Patterson

It took no time at all for new Miami head coach Al Golden to get a question about the ongoing quarterback battle between Jacory Harris and Stephen Morris. The battle had no clear-cut winner in the spring, and Golden announced before the offseason that it would continue into spring camp. Although the question is the same, at least this time Golden was able to give Hurricanes fans an idea of when the decision would be made.

"I think we're going to allow the quarterbacks to continue to compete, and we'll make a determination sometime between 19th and 22nd of August," Golden explained to the assembled media at the ACC Football Kickoff on Monday. "If one distinguishes himself prior to that time I'm not afraid to name one sooner. I'm going to let them compete and go from there."

The reason for that deadline is that it coincides with the beginning of school and the end of fall camp. Miami's first matchup will be a Labor Day primetime showdown against Maryland, and the staff would like to have decided on a starter by the time game preparations begin.

While the beginning of fall camp at Miami will re-start the quarterback battle, it will begin likely without two big-name lineman who have been dealing with injuries. Defensive tackle Marcus Forston is still recovering from surgery, but there were some question as to why offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson was also included in that group.

"Seantrel has a back issue that has been bothering him since the middle of March, Golden explained. "That's something that we've been dealing with."

Apparently, that back problem has been an issue that has been connected to his weight. Golden was pleased to report that Henderson was down to 341 pounds (from 388), and has developed some maturity as he has been faced with these health issues. According to Golden, both players will be out 7-10 days.
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