Meyer Finding Depth at Receiver

Florida wide receiver Omarius Hines barely got mentioned before Saturday when Urban Meyer talked about his options at the position. After back-to-back impressive weeks of practice and a strong showing in the Charleston Southern game, Hines is earning himself more playing time. The Gators have been looking for one of their young receivers to step up to provide them with depth.

Meyer talked about Frankie Hammond Jr. and T.J. Lawrence as the guys he was looking to for added depth at wide receiver, but Omarius Hines made a last minute push to steal some time.

"Omarius is the one who has earned some time around here," Meyer said.

Hines had three catches for 31 yards against Charleston Southern.

Riley Cooper, Deonte Thompson, Brandon James and David Nelson will still see the most action on gamedays, but the Gators still need someone to give them rest.

"Deonte and Coop had excellent weeks of practices again, and Omarius needs to be the next guy in," Meyer said. "He looks like he might be the guy."

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LB Dustin Doe and CB Janoris Jenkins will be available against Troy after both missing the season opener.

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If it wasn't hard enough to figure out which two of the three safeties were on the field, Thursday's practices make it much harder. The defensive backs trade jerseys during every Thursday practice

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DT Lawrence Marsh and LB Jelani Jenkins didn't participate in all of practice again still dealing with ankle injuries. Both players are questionable for Saturday's game.

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LB Brandon Hicks was still dehydrated Thursday during practice, but he did participate in practice. Meyer said he will need another 48 hours to determine if Hicks will be ready to play Saturday.

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Last week, the Gators only had a couple of packages on offense and defense to choose from, but Meyer said all of the packages on both side of the ball will be available. The spread-option is one package in particular he expects the offense to use more of.


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