Eye of the Hurricane Top 25 Countdown: #7 Ray Ray Armstrong #6 Seantrel Henderson
Welcome back to Eye of the Hurricane’s Top 25 countdown! As you may recall, this is a reader’s poll countdown which reflects readers’ assessment of the following attributes in the 2011 edition of the Miami Hurricanes: past performance, raw talent (size, 40 time, etc.), how valuable they are to the team (i.e., how screwed are we if this dude gets injured). On to the countdown . . .
#7 Ray Ray Armstrong: Do you remember where you were when Ray Ray committed to the ‘Canes? I do. Ray Ray was my national signing day crush (like a rush crush for you fellow sorority girls out there) for 2009. I was trying to train my beloved Sebastian (my puppy, not my fiancé, the Ibis) how to roll over with the help of some rotisserie chicken and Ray Ray committed. I was so excited that I dropped the piece of chicken to throw up the _ and holler. Sebastian grabbed the chicken and remains a one-trick puppy, but it is okay, because we got Ray Ray!
Why He Appears Here: As a freshman in 2009, Armstrong played in 10 games, recording 14 tackles. As a sophomore in 2010 Armstrong took over as a starter and has 66 tackles, three interceptions and a touchdown in 11 games. In the Dade county scrimmage in 2011, he almost incited a blonde attorney to run into the defense huddle and bark and growl and beat her chest. But he might be best known for the hit on Chokelahoma’s Demarco Murray, as shown in the clip below.
2011 Outlook: THIS IS RAY RAY’S YEAR! [beats chest] For anyone who saw him in the spring scrimmages, you know he is amped up. Rumor has it that Shannon often benched him for making technical errors and playing by instinct. Something tells me Coach D’Onofrio and Paul Williams will embrace Ray Ray’s fire first and worry about making precise movements second. Now let’s hope he can play S and CB at the same time . . . or QB.
#6 Seantrel Henderson: Speaking of national signing day crushes, Seantrel was mine for 2010. When bg capriciously announced that he was coming to the _, I sprang up from my office chair and started jumping up and down and confirming to my co-workers that I am, in fact, crazy. And then he committed to USC. Whatever. He is here now, didn’t transfer along with the rest of the puff puff pass crew, and I’m determined to heal that back of his with copious amounts of cupcakes.
Why He Appears Here: As a freshman in 2010, Seantrel started 9 of the 12 games he played in for Miami seeing most of his action at the right tackle position. The ‘Canes averaged 494.9 yards per game with Seantrel in the starting lineup and he graded out at 100 percent in just his second collegiate game, against Pittsburgh. Named 2010 College Football News First Team Freshmen All-American, 2010 Rivals.com First Team Freshmen All-American, 2010 Phil Steele Second Team Freshmen All-American. That, and he causes solar eclipses when he walks by you.
2011 Outlook: Do we have a neurosurgeon in the house? Seantrel had surgery on his back last week and from all accounts it was “very positive.” But knowing what people know about backs (about as much as a suckeye knows about ethics), his prognosis is uncertain. We do know he has been released from the hospital and has started rehab. Either way, Seantrel was suspended for the Maryland game so the soonest we could have hoped to see him was against those dirty stinking lying cheating suckeyes on September 17. Get well soon, Seantrel and let me know what flavor of cupcakes is your fav (that he will of course pay for, back off NCAA)!