While sitting out spring practice, there was plenty of speculation surrounding redshirt freshman wide receiver Omarius Hines and his health. On some message boards, there were “reports” that Hines may have had a rare muscular disorder in both his legs and his career could be in jeopardy.
Hines said earlier this week that he injured his thigh muscles trying to push up too much weight on the leg press. Simple as that.
“I was working out too hard with my legs,” he said. “I overdid it on the leg press. I don’t know how much (weight) I was doing. Adrenalin just took over. I hurt my thigh muscles.”
Hines was out of action for two to three months, he said. “It was real tough. I hated not being able to practice with the team,” he said.
Hines showed Saturday night that his legs are 100 percent and he’s as fast as ever. After getting little attention in the preseason, Hines came out of nowhere to catch three passes. He looks like one of the young receivers most likely to emerge now. He definitely has a chance.
He earned his playing time in the opener by busting his tail in practice, especially during a kickoff coverage drill in Thursday’s practice that caught the coaches’ attention.
“I was just going hard in practice, going hard for four to six seconds on every play,” Hines said. “The wide receiver position is really short (on depth) right now. We’ve all got to step up and make plays. I’m excited about the opportunity.”