It appears that the biggest concern, quite literally, for UM this week will be the left tackle position.
Senior Orlando Franklin was hurt in the fourth quarter of the North Carolina game, and he was limping pretty badly at practice this morning. He has a hard black brace over his left knee, with his left ankle and outside back end of his shoe wrapped heavily.
Franklin couldn't practice, and we're not sure what, exactly, is injured. Ankle? Knee? Orlando has worn the brace before. He also has worn one before on his right knee.
For fans who love watching young Seantrel Henderson do his thing at right tackle, today he took the place of Franklin at left tackle. Jermaine Johnson was playing first-team right tackle.
"He’s getting some reps. You’ve got to prepare for everything,'' said center Tyler Horn of the 6-8, 355-pound Henderson. Horn earned Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week for his performance against North Carolina. "Crazy things happen in games. Anything can happen. You always have to be prepared. It’s one of those quality-control type deals."
Guard Joel Figueroa was not at practice in the beginning but was seen in street clothes at the end of it. He has missed three games in a row.
--SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN