When I spoke with former Cincinnati Bearcats and University of Akron running back Quentin Hines, one thing about him that really struck me was the confidence that he has in himself. It wasn’t too much, but it wasn’t too little, either.
Hines is a native of Detroit, Michigan that originally started off his football career with the University of Cincinnati as primarily a special teams player. After redshirting for a year and then playing primarily just special teams his second year on the team, Hines thought that his services could have been better used else where.
“Looking back, it might have been a better idea to stay at Cincinnati because I probably would have gotten the starting role later in my career. But, I don’t regret my decision,” said Hines.
He left the Bearcats and took a season off to continue his studies for the spring of 2011 at Murray State. That fall, he was back in pads for the University of Akron.
Since he was new, Hines role on the team was limited and somewhat of a mystery. He was a running back, but the workload was to be determined. After the Zips spring game, it was clear that Hines deserved some reps with the first teamers. On a soggy field, Hines out ran the defense to the edge and eventually the endzone as he raced for an 80 yard touchdown.
Unfortunately for Hines, Akron ran a spread offense which made him more of a utility player since he wasn’t the first string running back. He was placed in a rotation and did everything from block, to carry the ball, to play in the slot as a wide out. Whichever the situation, Hines was ready when the coaching staff called upon him.
“I didn’t care what they asked me to do. If they told me to run a slant over the middle into coverage, I did it and I didn’t drop the ball,” said Hines.
Hines finished his career of with 37 carries for 199 yards and a 70 yard touchdown run against the Tennessee Volunteers. Hines streaked up the center of the defense untouched and out ran the Volunteers all the way to the endzone.
When it comes to his NFL dreams, Hines is optimistic that he will get his chance. While he wasn’t invited to the NFL combine in Indy, he is confident that his pro day in Akron on March 7th will impress the NFL scouts.
Hines is an intriguing NFL prospect simply for his speed. At 5’11” and 189lbs, he’s not an impressively big running back or slot receiver. However, one thing that you can’t deny is his speed. Hines could possibly find himself on an NFL roster as a punt or kick returner that helps out on offense.