Seantrel Henderson is back with the Miami Hurricanes after a lengthy absence spanning the entirety of summer training camp thus far. The offensive lineman has been cleared to practice, reports the Miami Herald, making his first appearance with the Canes since training camp began.
Henderson had been out of commission for a variety of reasons. He attended two separate funerals for childhood friends in Minnesota, and sustained a concussion in a car accident earlier this month. According to UM coach Al Golden, Henderson is "20 practices behind" the rest of the offensive linemen in terms of preparation for Miami's first game of the season at Boston College on September 1.
"Seantrel, right now, has to get his house in order before he can help us. That's the truth," Golden said earlier this week. "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."
Henderson arrived at UM as one of the most highly-touted offensive line recruits in recent memory in 2010. He played right away at UM, starting 9 games in 2010 and being named a Freshman All-American by multiple publications.
But rumors swirled around Henderson during the off-season. He was suspended for the first week of spring practice for an undisclosed violation of team policy, and speculation ran rampant over the summer that had been dismissed from the team.
However, it appears Henderson is here to stay at Miami, though he was not even listed on Golden's most recent depth chart. True freshman Ereck Flowers is the current starter at right tackle, with Jermaine Johnson backing him up. Malcolm Bunche is listed with the first team at left tackle.
Henderson is a long shot at best to start against Boston College in two weeks, but unless he is severely out of shape, it seems unlikely that he will remain out of the lineup for long. At 6'8" and 345 pounds, he is among the biggest linemen on Miami's roster, and you can't teach size.
Still, Henderson has a long way to go to get reintegrated into the Canes' offense, and that process can be especially slow if Flowers and Bunche take a majority of the snaps with the first-team offense in practice.