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Defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio said Hines has excelled this season while being asked to both inside and outside linebacker spots. Hines posted 13 tackles in games against Texas Tech and South Florida. His most productive performance came against Tulsa, when Hines had a career-high 20 tackles. It was the 11th highest single-game total in UH history.
"This was his opportunity. He's been waiting for an opportunity," D'Onofrio said. "He's been probably the most important guy back there because he's played both positions. There's a lot of guys that can't play one position let alone two. To me that's been the biggest thing that he's been able to do that."
D'Onofrio added that Hines has the perfect mental makeup to play the position.
"He's kind of a cool kind of guy, even-keel and doesn't get flustered and he plays that way," D'Onofrio said. "He plays quiet. He doesn't get himself out of position. He dials in and does his job."