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Miami true freshman Seantrel Henderson practicing at left tackle

Virginia is not alone in trying to sort out who will play where along its offensive line as it prepares to host Miami on Saturday. The Hurricanes also are undergoing some shuffling on its offensive line due to injury, and on Tuesday, true freshman Seantrel Henderson practiced at left tackle.

Senior Orlando Franklin typically starts at left tackle for Miami, but he was injured during the fourth quarter of the Hurricanes' 33-10 win over North Carolina. According to the Miami Herald, team trainers examined Franklin's left knee during the game, and Franklin's left ankle and the bottom outside half of his left shoe was taped heavily.

If Franklin can't play Saturday at Virginia, Henderson (6-foot-8, 355 pounds) may be charged with protecting quarterback Jacory Harris's blind side. Henderson -- widely considered the No. 1 recruit in the nation in his class -- has started the past four games at right tackle.

Henderson is "doing a good job because he's very smart and very competitive," Miami Coach Randy Shannon said Tuesday, according to the Miami Herald. "He grasps things quick. He knows how to take it from the classroom to practice and from practice to game time. Very few kids can do it that early. I said from day one, any freshman who plays has to be able to handle it mentally and physically."

When asked whether Henderson might play at left tackle Saturday against the Cavaliers, Shannon said: "Don't know. Too far away."

By Steve Yanda  | October 27, 2010; 11:16 AM ET
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