Miami offensive lineman Seantrel Henderson, who had back surgery in August, is getting closer to being cleared to play again, according to coach Al Golden, but where Henderson will line up once he’s cleared remains a mystery.
In looking to try to get his five best linemen on the field, Golden said it’s possible Henderson could line up at tackle or guard. Henderson started nine of the 12 games he played in last year and lined up mostly at right tackle.
“I think there is still going to be some tinkering,” Golden said. “As Art [Kehoe] said this morning, when Seantrel comes back there will be even more competition. Fig [Joel Figueroa] and [Malcolm] Bunche are right there at six and seven. I always rank the offensive lineman, but they’re sitting there at six and seven. They have to play their way into the five. And, then, Seantrel is going to have something to say about it, too. Where he plays, tackle or guard, when he comes back will have a lot to do with the development of those other guys.”
“For me it’s about getting the best five out there,” Golden said. “We’re talking about a guy that hasn’t done much in a long time. We just have to make sure we’re careful with him and transition him back when he’s ready, but clearly we want to organize the two-deep so that it’s our best 10 and then our best five.”