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.