Omarius Hines developing niche in Gators offense

During Friday’s scrimmage, he ran for a 61-yard touchdown.

“There’s no question he is an explosive guy,” Florida coach Will Muschamp said. “And we need to get him some opportunities with the ball in his hand because he can do some things with it.”

Going into his redshirt senior season, Hines is working to be part of Florida’s offensive game plan both running and catching the ball. He has practiced and earned game time as both a wide receiver and a tight end during his UF career.

Last year, he totaled 118 all-purpose yards on eight touches. As Hines begins his final season as a Gator, he hopes to benefit from a full, healthy training camp.

“Omarius strained his hamstring last year in camp, I believe,” Muschamp said. “Missed an awful lot of camp. Put him behind in a system and trying to find a role for him. It’s hard. When you miss a lot of time it’s hard.”

• WR Quinton Dunbar had six catches during Friday’s scrimmage, including two “explosive plays” (receptions for more than 15 yards) off of quarterback scrambles.

• Florida reduced the role of several prominent players during Saturday’s open practice, including DE Dominique Easley. “We’re limiting a lot of his reps based on his ACL,” Muschamp said.

– Muschamp said DT Sharrif Floyd “got dinged on the shoulder” Friday. Floyd was in an orange no-contact jersey during Saturday’s practice.

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