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Seantrel has back surgery; Gaines at first team MLB

CORAL GABLES -- Hurricanes offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson underwent back surgery Monday and the results were “very positive” according to coach Al Golden.

Seantrel Henderson “All I know is he had the procedure and it was very positive," Golden said before Tuesday's practice. "What that means long term is still tenuous."

Golden said Henderson would be released from the hospital Tuesday, but a timetable for his return has not yet been determined.

Henderson (6-8, 345) started nine games at right tackle last season and was named a freshman All-American. He moved to left tackle in the spring, but injured his back and sat out the spring game.

Henderson posted on Twitter Monday night that he will “be right sooner than later.”

Several teammates have said they expect Henderson to return this season.

> Jimmy Gaines, a little known two-star recruit out of Buffalo, N.Y. in 2010, has been practicing with the first team at middle linebacker -- ahead of senior Jordan Futch.

"He absolutely can be a guy that starts," Golden said Tuesday. "He's a self-made guy. He's a competitor. He's tough. He's really smart, came back in great condition. He's the starter right now. I think he'll have a lot to say about whether somebody supplants him."

Asked why he thinks Gaines has been so impressive and is practicing with the first team senior Sean Spence said: "I love him. He's a hard worker, very intelligent. He's going to help this team a lot. He diagnoses plays really fast, picks up what coaches want to get done. He's been doing everything right to this point."

> Tight end Blake Ayles had to leave the field Tuesday morning because of what appeared to be heat-related issues. He sat on a table with his head down and was looked at by trainers. No word yet on whether he returned to action.

> Golden said the competition at kicker and punter so far has been "exciting" -- even though Monday was only the first day players were involved in place kicking.

"I think the kickers that are here -- Jake [Wieclaw], and Cameron Dean, and Ben [Hopfinger] and Alex [Irastorza] -- all those guys knew the competition was coming," Golden said. "And they responded before anybody arrived. Obviously [Dalton] Botts and [Matt] Goudis are truly in the mix right now. We have to see more of Goudis yet. What I've seen of Botts so far, he's going to be a real factor in this competition."

> Brandon Washington, an All-ACC First Team offensive guard in 2010, said his move outside to right tackle will be a lot easier than most expect.

"I've always been a tackle," Washington said. "I feel like I'm back at home from high school. It feels like the same thing."

> Mike Williams, a senior and transfer from Wake Forest, said he's currently running with the third team at cornerback. But according to defensive backs coach Paul Williams, he is probably just one of five players in the mix for playing time at corner.

"Right now, I'm still kind of moving into the system, getting to know things," Williams said. "They're not throwing me into the fire just yet. I was here in the summer learning things.

"It's definitely an opportunity of a lifetime to step in right away and play. I'm just taking it all in."

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