With Rob Spence's use of the tight end, has the recruiting of tight ends changed at Clemson?
Hines: One thing we have to do as coaches is let the tight
end prospects know where the offense is going and that it will give them an opportunity to catch a lot more
balls in the game and affect the outcome. In the past,
we utilized the tight end at times, but maybe not as
much as Coach Spence has done in the past. We'll still
have four-wides in there and we'll still have five
wides at times, but we'll have three tight ends in
there on first down a lot to mix in.
Are you looking to bring different types of tight
ends to Clemson? Maybe get away from the blocking type and more of a receiver type?
Hines: In this style of offense, I think we're looking for
an on-the-line tight end, which at times can be an
offensive tackle, but we still want him to be able to
run good routes and get open and be able to catch the
ball. We also want a tight end that's going to be like
a fullback at times, be in motion and run routes, but
at the same time we want him to be able to knock
people off the ball. I think there's a little bit of
everything as to how what kind of tight ends we're
When you're looking at game film of high school
kids, what specifically do you look for with your
Hines: Nothing has changed in recruiting. We're looking
for big kids that can run. The quality of high school
film is different from school to school. You just want
find somebody with size, athletic ability and somebody
that has some speed. I don't think that's ever going
With all the different moves over the past few
years, which position have you liked coaching the
Hines: I think without any question, coaching is coaching
and working with young people and building a game
plan. Although, most of my career during my 30-some
years of coaching has been on the defensive side of
the ball. I have a lot more experience there, but at
the same time from the offensive perspective, knowing
what defenses can do and have done, I can see it and
be valuable to the team in that perspective. But at
the same time, it's given me a chance ... I've had
some opportunities looking at some head coaching
opportunities at some schools, but I didn't have
enough offensive background. So this is giving me a
different view point, maybe.
Is getting a head coaching job something you're
Hines: My opportunities have been at I-AA, and I think
that would be the avenue. I don't have the background
to go at I-A. That's something I'm considering, but
there haven't been a whole lot of offers. When they
start coming in, I'll be a lot more inclined to jump
on that bandwagon.
How are you feeling with the kickers?
Hines: Starting with the punting, Cole Chason, during his
first year he averaged 36 yards a punt. I think he
went up to close to 40 yards a punt last year.
Statistically, I think he made some improvement. If he
continues to make that kind of improvement from year
to year, I think he'll be up there among the top
punters in the ACC. But I don't know if he can make
that big of a jump in one year. But as long as he
makes steady improvement every year, he can be a solid
punter for us. The biggest thing in his past is he's
been unlucky as far as injuries go and that slowed his
progress down a little bit.
The kicking, Jad Dean has got a tremendously strong
leg. He's a streak kicker. He just needs to work on
consistency. But the main thing is his mental aspect.
From any player at any position, who is the one
player on the team that didn't get a lot of publicity
last year that you think might have a breakout season?
Hines: The only guy I can say right now that I look to
have a breakout year would be Chansi Stuckey. He was
injured a good part of last season and I expect him as
much as anybody on our team to be the player with that
capability. There are some other players that I'd like
to see make that kind of move, but they haven't shown
the consistency that he's shown and the biggest thing
for Chansi is to stay healthy and I think he can do
Q&A with Coach Hines
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