The freak of all freaks


Over the, let’s say several, years that I’ve covered Florida football for The Sun, I’ve come across some really incredible physical freaks. I think I came across the most impressive freak of all Wednesday.

Omarius Hines.

He almost makes Jevon Kearse look like a stick man.

The hybrid receiver/tight end showed up for interviews Wednesday wearing a form-fitting tank top, and he is cut, ripped, whatever you want to call it. He has muscles on top of his muscles. He shoulders are so big, they almost look unnatural. They’re the size of bowling balls. Really, if you had to pick the baddest looking dude on the Florida roster, the one guy you’d want to have your back in a fight, Hines is the guy.

I’ve never seen a receiver (or a hybrid tight end) with a build like this guy (and Aaron Hernandez was pretty jacked himself).

Hines said he can do 28 or 29 pull-ups. With a 30-pound weight tied around his waist! And he bench-presses 365 pounds. Oh, yeah, and he weighs 223 pounds and runs the 40 in 4.3 seconds.

A freak.

When Hines arrived in Gainesville three years ago, he weighed 193 pounds and could not bench press 225 pounds 10 times, which he was told was the minimum for a player to play wide receiver at UF.

“When I got here, Coach Mick (strength and conditioning coordinator Mickey Marotti), he’s a great strength coach, he put a lot of weight on me,” Hines said. “He trained me real hard. It’s amazing (what happens) when you’re doing everything right and going hard and listening to the coaches. I wasn’t into it my freshman year. I started buying in after that and great results came out of it.”

After seeing Hines on Wednesday, I now understand why the UF coaches have been raving about him throughout camp. This freak has a chance to be special.


  1. Can Addazio call the right plays? Especially in short yardage, the 3rd & Tebow and 4th & Tebow plays? Can Brantley just basically be a point guard type QB and distribute the ball? There are more weapons on this team than any time i can remember in Gator football history, even the good old spurrier days with Danny W running the point. I don’t see how this offense can’t be better than last year. Should be quite the show, like watching the 1980s Lakers on fast break.

  2. For those who like to watch the perimeter, not only was Hines a favorite receiver of Brantley in mop up duty, he was out there when Tebow was in the game, blocking down field almost as well as Riley Cooper. Go watch your game film and lower your eyebrows.


  3. Hines, Thompson, Rainey, Debose, Moody and Demps all on the field at the same time? Oh my………..

    by QOP Gator

    That would be impossible unless you go with only four offensive linemen or leave the QB on the bench.

  4. Hope all Gator fans will be able to concentrate on one game at a time.
    It’s way too early to put unbeaten pressure on our Gators. And even if we loose a game they’re still our Gators. If the Gators can play with intensity, concentration, and confidence, with all their natural talent, good things will happen. Having fun while playing does not mean
    lazy effort. Pressure can lead to unfortunate results:
    Remember all the high strung, trying too hard teams that choked at Doak? Coach Meyer has shown that he knows how to win, let’s let him do it!