Hines Makes Plays

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Bo Hines will have the opportunity to compete for a starting position in the upcoming season.

Bo Hines will have the opportunity to compete for a starting position in the upcoming season.

The 6-foot-1 freshman wide receiver out of Charlotte (NC) Christian enrolled early to have a better chance at doing just that. The transition from high school to college football can at times be a big leap, but Hines seems to take it all in stride.

"It's going pretty smoothly," he said. "Once you get in here, everything happens pretty fast. Leading up to it, it seems like it's gonna take a long time, but it gets here pretty quick.

"Spring ball went a lot faster than I thought. When I first got here, it was a little bit fast, but when you get a couple practices in and you get to slow the game down, it definitely goes a lot smoother."

What does Bo think of the up-tempo, no-huddle offense Coach Dave Doeren has brought to Raleigh?

"I love the offense," Hines said. "We get to move the ball around a lot, we pass it a lot, we run jet sweeps and stuff like that, so it's really fun for a receiver like me."

On multiple occasions, NC State's coaching staff and players have stated how impressed they've been with Hines.

"I like [Hines] a lot," said quarterback Jacoby Brissett. "He catches the ball and makes plays. We have a long way to go but he's been stepping up."

For Hines, it comes down to working hard.

"I think it's, one, getting into my playbook and working with Coach Jackson," he stated. "Coach Jackson has been great mentor to me, as well as the older receivers, like Bryan Underwood, [Marquez] Valdes... they've really helped me out, taken me under their wing, and shown the way it goes.

"All those guys have been helping me out like when I first got here with the playbook and just learning different things. Everything offense has little hiccups in it, so gotta fine where your role is and stuff like that. They've definitely been a big help with that."

Hines was able to showcase his talents on Saturday when he grabbed 10 catches for 132 yards in the 2014 Kay Yow Spring Game. Head coach Dave Doeren raved about his play, and his approach, after the game.

"[Hines is] very reliable, the same guy everyday," said Doeren. "In the right place, catches the ball well, with people around him. Underneath... down the seam, he's made some one-handed catches. He's very smooth when he plays the game.

"We've had 15 practices and I don't think we've had one where he didn't make a play in practice. I'm proud of him for that."

As for Hines, not only did he get to play in front of the Wolfpack fans for the first time but he had a chance to show a large group of former Pack players what he could do and receive valuable feedback from them.

"Those guys have been in our shoes before and they've gone on to do incredible things," said Hines. "It's great to have them come back and get a chance to talk to them and stuff because that's a once in a lifetime opportunity to talk to those guys."

Hines is one of nine early enrollees from the PACK14 class, a group that he believes can make an immediate impact.

In fact, he has a message for the fans.

"I think they can expect big things," he said. "I think we're gonna play this year, have a lot of fun, and we're gonna make big plays. It should be exciting."

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