GAINESVILLE, Fla. The college football all-star season officially kicked off on Saturday in Tucson, Ariz.
Two former Gators were on hand for the Casino Del Sol College All-Star Game: receiver Frankie Hammond Jr. and running backreceiver Omarius Hines.
There wasn't much media coverage of the game, but according to the official stat package posted on the game's Facebook page...
Omarius Hines hasn’t had the career he dreamed of. Since committing to the Florida Gators, things haven’t turned out exactly as expected. Sure, Hines was on the roster in 2008 when the Gators brought home their third national championship, but he spent the season redshirting. Since then, he was moved from wide receiver to tight end, where he is currently listed despite the fact...
There might not be a player on the Florida roster that understands the new offense better than Omarius Hines. The redshirt senior has lined up all over the field during spring installation and fall camp. He came to Florida as a receiver and split some time at tight end before moving to running back in the spring. Now, his versatility could be a big part of the Gators’ attack.
Position changes usually come from coaches seeing a better place for a player to make an impact. For Omarius Hines, he was the one that saw the opening. The redshirt senior noticed the lack of proven running backs on the Florida roster, and after not seeing the field much at tight end or wide receiver in recent years, Hines asked the coaches if he could start getting touches as a running back.
The depth at running back isn’t pretty. The Florida coaches have been forced to get creative this spring, including getting some reps in the backfield for Omarius Hines and Chris Johnson, to make sure there are enough capable bodies in the fall. After only one day of practice in pads, Florida head coach Will Muschamp is optimistic about the position changes.