The big man is back. Though Seantrel Henderson has yet to be officially cleared to return to pratice, it is believed that he will return to the (practice) field sometime this week. Henderson is recovering from offseason back surgery, though early reports suggested that his rehabilitation was going very smoothly, if not ahead of schedule. As of today, according to Manny Navarro, Henderson was merely riding a stationary bike, but progress is progress. Henderson almost positively will not play this weekend against Kansas State, so Miami's Oct. 1 game against Bethune Cookman is the one to watch. Either Golden will keep Henderson out of the game since the Canes should romp anyway, or he'll get him some reps in what will be a glorified scrimmage. Regardless, Henderson should theoretically be ready for Miami's Oct. 8 game in Blacksburg versus Virginia Tech. So, what will Miami's offense\ive line look like with #77's shadow looming large?
Well, nobody, not even the UM coaches, seems to quite know. Golden said today that Henderson might see time at guard upon his return, which is both curious and interesting. The curious aspect of that statement is that Henderson was one of the most lauded offensive tackle recruits in history, and he has a solid freshman season at that position in his pocket, and at the moment, Miami is starting a converted guard at left tackle. Wouldn't it make more sense to move Brandon Washington back to guard then move Henderson to a position that he's never played? The interesting thing is that if Henderson is worked in at guard, it must speak volumes of how UM currently feels abou their tackles. At least initially, the position will likely remain solidified between Washington and redshirt freshman Jonathon Feliciano, but when Henderson gets his sea legs back, it should only be a matter of time before he's watching over Jacory Harris' blind side.