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Sun bowl notebook

Touted ’Canes tackle set to roll

– Miami right tackle Seantrel Henderson, the No. 1 recruit in last year’s class and former Notre Dame target, has returned to form after battling a stomach virus.

The 6-foot-8, 360-pound freshman missed four practices, but he was working with the second-team offense Monday as the Hurricanes (7-5) prepared to play Notre Dame (7-5) in the Sun Bowl at 2 p.m. Friday.

“I lost some weight, so I feel a little lighter on my feet so that’s a good thing,” said Henderson, who originally signed with USC out of Cretin-Derham Hall in St. Paul, Minn., but was released from his commitment after the Trojans were hit by NCAA sanctions.

Henderson said he hasn’t spoken to fellow Cretin-Derham alum and Irish receiver Michael Floyd about Friday’s game, but the lineman said the receiver knows who is going to win.

“We are on different teams, so we all think differently,” Floyd said of Henderson’s comments. “He can think whatever he wants. That’s fine.”

Irish use lift

Notre Dame used a scissor lift in one end zone to film practice with another camera set up on a deck behind the other end zone at its practice facility Monday. The Irish haven’t used lifts since 20-year-old Declan Sullivan died when the lift he was filming practice from fell over in strong winds Oct. 27.

A Notre Dame spokesman said the team received clearance to use the lift from the university, but that didn’t mean the investigation into the accident was completed.

Mum on QB

Interim Miami coach Jeff Stoutland is still deciding between junior Jacory Harris and freshman Stephen Morris to start Friday’s game.

“It’s getting closer every day, but we are not ready to name one,” Stoutland said Monday. “Every day it is somebody else, but we are getting closer and closer to that day.”

tkrausz@jg.net

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