Transfers could affect Golden touch at Miami

Published: Friday, May 27, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 6:48 p.m.

Is there cause for concern in Coral Gables?

Or is this simply a case of the transition that comes when a new coaching staff arrives?

In the span of a month, five different Miami players have transferred, including highly touted freshman running back Storm Johnson. Others who decided to leave include linebacker Kevin Nelson, defensive back Devont'a Davis, defensive back Jamal Reid and linebacker Travis Williams. Nelson and Davis were former Gainesville High standouts, while Reid was a standout receiver/defensive back at Lafayette High.

First-year coach Al Golden denied a rumor that mammoth offensive lineman Seantrel Henderson is unhappy and plans to transfer. The 6-foot-8, 360-pound Henderson is expected to move to left tackle next season.

For now, Golden deserves a honeymoon period to mold the team into what he envisions to be successful. After all, his predecessor, Randy Shannon, failed to even make the ACC title game in four mediocre seasons.

But if Henderson decides to leave, it would create a blow to some positive momentum Golden created in recruiting. And it would put more pressure on a suspect offensive line that's failed to consistently protect its quarterback.

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