At one time last season, Miami Hurricanes quarterback Preston Dewey was the No. 3 guy behind starter Stephen Morris and backup Ryan Williams.
Now he's pretty much at the end of the line, behind Morris, Williams, Gray Crow and incoming freshman Kevin Olsen.
Dewey, 6-2 and 208 pounds, hasn't been at the first two days of Canes training camp, confirmed UM coach Al Golden today. He's a redshirt freshman from Austin Texas. I was assured he still has a locker, and he is still on the current roster, but for months there has been on and off and now on again talk of his status.
"He's not with us right now in camp,'' Golden said. "He will be here at some point, but he's not here in camp. So right now, it's Gray Crow and Kevin Olsen competing for time.''
Added Golden: It's a personal matter. I'm not going to get into that.''
Dewey was coached at St. andrews Episcopal High by Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer.
A few weeks ago at the ACC Football Kickoff, I asked Golden about Preston's progress.
"Anybody can make progress,'' Golden told me in a one-on-on interview. "The biggest thing is making a complete commitment to it on and off the field. That's the case with anybody, not just one student-athlete. Obviously, Gray beat out Preston in the spring, so by virtue of that he'll see the majority of reps in the third slot.''
Other notes: Offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson "turned his ankle or his foot or something,'' Golden said this morning of yesterday's first practice. Reporters get to view the beginning of practice, but then are escorted out. "I don't think it's anything significant.''
Henderson, listed as 6-8 and 345 pounds and looking muscular and fit Sunday, wore a yellow jersey assigned to "limited'' players. But he lined up with all the others stretching and doing exercises.
Midway through the stretching session, a trainer ran up to Henderson, handed him a drink and taped the outside of his left foot, with his shoe still on.
Golden was asked if Henderson, who plays left tackle, could possible move to left tackle at some point. The depth chart lists Ereck Flowers or Malcolm Bunche at left tackle, with Bunche the starter at left guard ahead of Jon Feliciano.
"To be that player at the next level you have to be a dominant player and you have to be a consistent player because you're protecting the money man,'' Golden said, "and we don't project him there yet. But are we seeing a guy that could ultimately end up being that? We're seeing seeds of that right now, and hopefully he'll continue to stay focused and have a great camp.''
*** Still no definitive word on former Wisconsin defensive end David Gilbert. No one from UM has positively confirmed that he was standing on the sideline watching practice Sunday, though the player standing next to that very large unidentified player was confirmed by several people as defensive end Ufomba Kamalu. Gilbert is expected to join the Canes, regardless, if he officially graduates and is academically cleared by UM. Kamalu is expected to be cleared to practice.
Former Virginia backup defensive tackle Justin Renfro, as our Barry Jackson reported, also could join the Canes and would be eligible to immediately play if he's cleared. Barry also reported that Ernest Settles (who had 12.5 sacks last season for a Tampa high school but was thrown off the Nebraska team in June, before enrolling, for allegedly hitting a teammate in the head with a bottle at a party) could be joining the team as well.
Ouch on the allegedly "hitting a teammate in the head with a bottle at a party.'' However, I do not know the back story on that one.
Junior College transfer Julio Derosier, another D-lineman who was expected to be ready for the first day of practice, has not been cleared yet.