MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The University of Miami got some well-needed good news Monday when it was revealed several key pieces of the 2012 team will be returning for their senior seasons.
Offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson, defensive tackle Curtis Porter, and guard Brandon Linder, will all come back to the school for their senior seasons.
Henderson is a former number one overall recruit in the nation and will be the key anchor on the Canes’ offensive line in 2013. Porter is a 6’1”, 308 pound defensive tackle that started two games last season and had nine tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss.
“There is room for growth with respect to Seantrel’s game. He has started 18 games in his career, suffered through some injuries, has endured personal tragedy as well as created a number of self-inflicted distractions which we believe he has left in the past,” head coach Al Golden said. “It’s essential that he continue to keep trusting our process, make great choices and surround himself with the right people. If he does this, the sky is the limit for Seantrel.”
Linder is a massive right guard who was a 2012 third-team, All-Atlantic Coast Conference player according to Phil Steele and a 2012 All-ACC honorable mention as voted on by the coaches. Linder and Henderson give the Canes two players over 6’6” tall and weighing more than 310 pounds on the o-line.
“You can see in his demeanor that he has unfinished business on his mind and is excited about returning to Coral Gables for the 2013 season,” Golden said. “Brandon will be considered among the best at his position in the ACC, if not the country.”
Overall, UM returns 20 of 22 starters in 2013, meaning the team could be set to make a run for the ACC title next season.
This is the good news for the Canes, the bad news could be yet to come for the team as the NCAA is expected to reveal the notice of allegations that stem from the Nevin Shapiro-scandal revealed more than two years ago in a Yahoo! Sports report.