Versatile Hines hard to handle

Florida's Omarius Hines pumps up the crowd before the first half against LSU on Saturday.

Doug Finger/Staff photographer
Published: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 11:31 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 11:31 p.m.

Redshirt senior Omarius Hines has been a bright spot for Florida's offense in the last two games.

Hines caught a 52-yard pass against Kentucky and had two 14-yard plays (one rush, one reception) on UF's first touchdown drive last Saturday.

Florida coach Will Muschamp said Hines can cause trouble for a defense because he plays four positions.

"We try to find different opportunities to get him the ball,” Muschamp said. “He's a guy that's an explosive athlete and can stretch the field vertically. I've always said it's very difficult to count him, from a defensive perspective.”

“What is he? Is he a running back? Is he a slot receiver? We've used him in tight end situations. We've used him as a fullback. So week to week we change out how we use him.”

Sophomore quarterback Jeff Driskel called Hines a matchup problem because he's hard for linebackers and safety to cover and can make big plays with the ball in his hands. Both Driskel and offensive coordinator Brent Pease said that needs to happen more moving forward.

“He's probably one of our most athletic, explosive kids,” Pease said. “He's got the ability to go once he catches a pass. He's got the ability to break tackles. So he's an explosive, explosive weapon. He's a guy that figures in (the offense) because he can be in a lot of different spots.”

Hines, who was hurt throughout last year's training camp and missed the season opener, has been injury-free this fall and made seven receptions for 106 yards, which were his exact stats for all of 2011.

“He's a guy that's stayed healthy and is capitalizing on his senior season,” Muschamp said.

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