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75   Mario Henderson
Mario Henderson

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
LeHigh Acres, FL

High School:
LeHigh

Height / Weight:
6-7 / 308

Position:
OL


At Florida State: Senior who will open the season as the starter at left tackle...selected to the All-ACC preseason second team by The Sporting News...also named to the conference's preseason second team by Athlon Sports...started the final two games of the 2005 season at left tackle when Cory Niblock was lost for the year with a knee injury...received his first start since 2004 Orange Bowl when he opened the game at left tackle in the ACC Championship Game against Virginia Tech...got high praise from the coaching staff after an impressive performance against a very talented Virginia Tech defensive line...saw playing time in all 13 contests last season...also got the starting nod in the Orange Bowl against Penn State ...named the Most Dependable offensive lineman following 2006 spring drills...spent the off-season working out with teammate Jacky Claude, who starts next to him at left guard.

Junior Year (2005): Moved into the starting lineup in the final two games of the season and played extremely well...saw action in all 13 games, on special teams and at tackle...stayed healthy during the spring of 2005 and gained valuable experience while most of his offensive line mates missed all or most of the spring drills while recovering from injuries.

Sophomore Year (2004): Played in all 12 of Florida State's games as he served as a back-up to All-America and 2005 NFL first round draft choice Alex Barron...earned playing time as a reserved offensive tackle and on special teams as a member of the kicking units...saw time in practice as a blocking tight end in situational offensive formations...also earned practice playing time at the tight tackle position late in the season after an injury to Ray Willis just before the Gator Bowl.

Freshman Year (2003): Saw action in 11 of Florida State's 12 games and earned the first starting assignment of his career in the Orange Bowl against Miami in place of Alex Barron...earned most of his playing time in the field goal and extra point units...played his way into the lineup with exercise and diet and lost 25 pounds off of his massive frame which made him a more agile athlete...worked on the line for an offense that finished second in the ACC in scoring, third in pass offense, third in total offense, fourth in passing efficiency...one of only five true freshmen to see playing time in 2003.

High School: Graduated from Lehigh in 2002...rated a three-star player by Rivals.com and one of the top 40 rated offensive guards in the country...one of Florida's Top 100 according to the Orlando Sentinel...earned all-district, all-region and all-county honors as a senior in leading his team to an 8-3 record...sat out his junior season after transferring from Bishop Verot High School...averaged a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds as a member of the Lehigh boy's basketball team

Personal: Born Oct. 29, 1984...a social science major.

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