Miami's Hankerson to return

Updated: December 30, 2009, 12:45 AM ET
Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Miami wide receiver Leonard Hankerson is returning for his senior season, and defensive lineman Allen Bailey says he's leaning toward coming back as well.

Hankerson was Miami's leading receiver this season with 45 catches for 801 yards and six touchdowns. He revealed his 2010 plans after Miami lost to Wisconsin 20-14 in Tuesday night's Champs Sports Bowl.

Bailey said he's "almost" sure he'll be back, but will confer with people close to him before making a final decision.

Orlando Franklin, who's expected to be Miami's starting left tackle next season, also said he plans on returning for his final season.

All three have filed paperwork asking for their projected NFL draft status.


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