Posted: 2:55 pm Saturday, October 5th, 2013
By Matt Porter
MIAMI GARDENS — Miami has suspended senior right tackle Seantrel Henderson for a violation of team rules, the team announced a half-hour before Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech.
Junior Jon Feliciano will play in Henderson’s spot at right tackle. Malcolm Bunche starts at left guard in place of Feliciano.
This is at least the third time Henderson, who has started 21 games in his college career, has been suspended by UM.
After his freshman All-American season in 2010, he was suspended for the start of the season in 2011 for a violation of team rules. He then missed most of his sophomore year to back surgery; he started just two games.
In 2012, he was suspended for the start of spring practice for another violation of team rules, was cited for three violations in a car accident that gave him a concussion, and missed the start of camp last fall to attend his best friend’s funeral in his native Minnesota.
Despite being a strong NFL draft prospect, Henderson was listed as a backup heading into Miami’s Aug. 30 season opener against Florida Atlantic. His coaches and teammates had positive things to say about him, but it always came with the hope he would continue on a good path.
Last week, offensive coordinator James Coley was asked about Henderson’s progress.
“How’s Seantrel doing at right tackle?” Coley said. “I think Seantrel’s shown a lot of enthusiasm, and I’ve never seen a better-conditioned athlete move the way he moves. He’s so strong. He played a lot of different positions this past week [against USF]. He’s worked at left tackle, left guard, right guard, everywhere.”
Sounds like he’s doing well, then?
Wheeler to start: Senior Jared Wheeler started his third game in a row and the third game of his career. Instead of his usual spot at center, Wheeler started at left guard. Junior Shane McDermott, who missed the last two games with a foot injury, returned to center.