Hines Expects Improvement on Offense

One of the bright spots for the Florida offense last weekend was the play of receiver Omarius Hines. Hines caught three passes for 49 yards and a touchdown. Playing from the tight end position, Hines is more of a receiver with his exceptional speed and quickness. Like the rest of the offense, he is looking for improved play and expects to see it Saturday against USF.

Omarius Hines had two big catches late in the game and a second quarter touchdown pass that marked Florida's first offensive touchdown of the season. Overall he thought his performance was okay, and he felt more comfortable as the game progressed.

"I think I did pretty good in the first game," Hines told the media Wednesday. "I was a little nervous in the beginning but I go over it during the game."

The bad snaps and fumbles from the Gator offense have been well documented in the last week, but one other area that needs considerable work is the perimeter blocking. That means guys like Hines have to get out on the edge and hold off their man when someone else has the ball.

"We have to be able to block on the perimeter in order for us to be successful and have big platys," Hines reiterated the coaches' sentiments from the week. "Since Sunday we were working on our blocking. We are trying to get it all ready to do it in this game."

It is going to take a lot of work with all the young players at receiver. Hines joins a cast of several freshmen and sophomores that will be called on a lot at some point this season and it is a priority that they learn to block.

"Right now nobody does (block well)," he said. But, we are a very young team and are getting better at it."

Hines believes there will be a little more presence of a down field passing game this weekend, but before they can even worry about that, they need to eliminate the errors that caused them to go backward against Miami (OH).

"I just expect for all the mistakes we made in the last game...to correct them this game," he said. "We have been doing pretty good so far since the game."

There should be another difference in game two. The starting receivers of Deonte Thompson, Carl Moore, and Chris Rainey played entirely too many plays. Some others will need to be a part of the offense if they are going to be successful. The return of Frankie Hammond should help a great deal. A third year sophomore, Hammond was suspended for the first game, but returns and brings a lot of experience with him in terms of knowing the system.

"Frankie...he's been switching around to different positions," Hines said. "I am glad to have him back. He's running with the one's two's and wherever we need him."

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