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Florida Gator Omarius Hines ready to make up for lost time



Florida RB/WR Omarius Hines played in 12 games for the Gators last season, but had just seven receptions and one carry for seven yards.

But as the Gators prepare to open the season on Sept. 1 against Bowling Green, Hines appears to be poised to make a much greater impact this season. New Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease said Hines has been impressive in camp this season and could be a big contributor in the Gators' new offense.

"He can create the huge, explosive plays,'' Pease said. "He can go 75-80 yards, he's got the ability to run, he's got strength. He's an incredible talent, you've just got to use him the right way, not overload him, not burn him up, not overload him with thinking. . . . He's a threat, he's a weapon.''

Hines, who is now a redshirt senior, said being lost on the depth chart and waiting for his opportunity to prove he can help the team has been difficult, particularly because he's bounced back and forth between positions trying to find his role.

"It’s been a long journey, man,'' he said. "From playing receiver, then going to tight end, now doing pretty much everything. I love it. I’m enjoying it.''





[Last modified: Thursday, August 23, 2012 8:21am]


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