August 26, 2010

Hines likes new role for Gators

On the constant search to find mismatches with opposing defenses, then-Florida football coach Steve Spurrier decided to line up Willie Jackson, a backup wide receiver to that point, at tight end in the early 1990s.

At 6-foot-1, and 212 pounds, Jackson was undersized to say the least, nuut because of his speed (which was good, not great), route running ability and sure hands, he had instant success as teams up and down the Gators' schedule couldn't figure out how to stop him.

Nearly two decades later, another receiver, Omarius Hines also is getting a look at tight end. Coincidentally, Hines, who is 6-foot, 219 pounds, and Jackson have almost identical builds. And according to teammates, Hines also is quite a weapon.

Or at least, he will be.

Linebacker A.J. Jones, predicted Hines "should be a big matchup problem" for opposing teams.

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