Al Golden still miffed at Miami senior OT Seantrel Henderson


Miami coach Al Golden said senior offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson's suspension has been lifted but also that he expects Henderson to apologize to his teammates.

Henderson (6-feet-8, 345 pounds), who charitably can be described as "enigmatic," was suspended for this past Saturday's game with Georgia Tech; it marked the third time in as many seasons that Henderson missed at least a game because of a suspension.

Monday morning on Miami radio station WQAM, Golden said Henderson has "to get the respect of those guys in the locker room. ... In this particular instance, he wasn't a good teammate."

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In his teleconference Sunday, Golden said he was tired of answering questions about Henderson.

"Here's what I'll say: Seantrel's a grown man," Golden said. "He's not a freshman or sophomore. He doesn't need protection from a coach or an athletic director. I'm going to let Seantrel speak for Seantrel. I'm not going to answer these questions for Seantrel anymore. He needs to address it the next time we're available to the media."

Miami is off this week, and the next media availability for players is next Sunday.

Golden also said "it's important that he stands up and takes responsibility."

Henderson was a consensus top-three player nationally out of high school in the Minneapolis area in 2010, but he hasn't lived up to the hype. He never has shown he can handle the responsibilities that come with playing left tackle and has spent the bulk of his time on the right side. Henderson has started just 21 games in his career (nine of those came in his freshman season and three this season) and has lacked consistency when he has been on the field.

There's no doubt Henderson has all the physical tools and is a first-round talent; he is mammoth and has a huge wingspan and excellent coordination (he was a high school and AAU basketball player of some renown). But he has been criticized for his work ethic and has suffered from a lack of focus, with the suspension for the Georgia Tech game the latest example. He also missed four games as a sophomore in 2011 while recovering from minor knee surgery.

In short, he might top the list of "buyer-beware" guys available in the 2014 draft. If he decides he truly wants to play football, he can be a dominant lineman. If he continues on his same path, though, he'll be a wasted pick no matter the round in which he is taken.

Mike Huguenin can be reached at You also can follow him on Twitter @MikeHuguenin.

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