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Seantrel Henderson talks about his first action of the season

Seantrel Henderson's transcript from Monday.

How did it feel to be out there for your first game this season?
“It felt good to be out there with my teammates. I was just ready to get out there on the field. I was just ready. I was ready whenever coaches were going to give me my opportunity. I hate that it had to be one of my teammates getting hurt, you know what I’m saying? Other than that I was prepared to get in there. I got in there and I did whatever I could do to help my team.”

Was it tough to come in at the middle of the game rather than starting?
“No, Sir. I don’t think it was tough. I mean, I prepared for the game. I got in enough practice, warmed up good, so whenever I got my opportunity I just took it.”

How did you feel conditioning wise?
“My conditioning was good. I wasn’t very tired during the game even though I only had 22 plays. Other than that, I wasn’t tired at all.”

Is it easier to play on the right side rather than the left, because of kicking with your right side as opposed to left?
“Yes, Ma’am. Ever since I had surgery, my left was a little bit weaker than my right, so I felt more comfortable kicking with my right. I’m still strengthening my left hip and left leg, so I’m getting back stronger. They’re getting back even now.”

In a pinch, could you move to the left side?
“Yes, Sir. Anywhere Coach needs me to go I’m going to play.”

How tough was it to sit out the first game and not travel?
“It was real tough. I wanted to be there with my team; I wanted to be there to have that morale with my team. I’m one of the guys on the team that keeps the team going, keeps the juice up. I wanted to be there, that meant a lot to me. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to travel so it was what it was.”

How do you drown out all the noise, the outside, the people and the tweets and the social media talking about you?
“I just don’t really pay attention to it. I just stay within the team. As long as we have everything going on in the Hecht Center and we’re moving on to the next team and we’re preparing for the next team so we can get a better outcome than we did last weekend, then I’m all good to go. I’m not really worried about any outsiders or any social network and websites that are only distractions.”

What did you grade out against KSU?
“Ninety-one percent. I felt real good about that. I didn’t feel good about the outcome so what I did didn’t really matter.”

Was that the highest grade for a lineman against KSU?
“No, Sir.’’

Who graded highest?
“I don’t remember.’’

Has this been a turbulent year so far for you?
“I mean I had a lot of things going on family and friends wise. I lost a couple of people this summer – car accident and just a couple minor setbacks. I’m just glad to still be here, still alive and still with my team. So I’m good to go.”

Do you feel like it’s been Hurricanes all along, no matter what people say?
“No matter what, I’m always going to be a Cane. In my heart, I bleed orange and green every day.”