Hines rushed for 148 yards and two touchdowns on fourteen carries, and the Tigers won. Before you think I have hit delirium as a result of the Tigers 0-2 start, the Hines that I am referring to is Marcus or, better yet, Omarius’ dad.

Twenty years ago, Marcus Hines was in his junior season and on a Tiger squad that finished the season 11-2. In a 38-16 win over Grand Prairie, Hines stole the offensive show.

"That was a long time ago," said the elder Hines shortly after his son made a spectacular catch on his first touchdown of the night. "There was a lot of talent and heart on that team we had."

In the Tigers 35-28 loss to Jacksonville on Friday night, junior wideout Omarius Hines was a one man wrecking crew in the first half. The "son" Hines did a little show stealing of his own especially with his one handed grab of a 38-yard touchdown pass from Bobby Scott.

"(My dad) just tells me to carry on the Hines’ name," said Omarius following the game. "He gives me good advice and I try to carry it out on to the field and use it against my opponent."

The junior wideout was a bright spot on the second-consecutive disappointing ending for the 2006 bunch. Hines finished the night with 159 yards on 11 receptions. The Tiger offense reached the end zone three times, while all their offensive scores came in the first half and all were a result of a Hines touchdown grab.

In a contest where the Tigers rushed 26 times for 25 yards, Hines was the reason the Tigers passed there way to an early 14-0 lead.

"I am really proud of Omarius," said the elder Hines who once rushed for 216 yards in one game in a Tiger uniform. "I try to teach him all that I can about football and life."

With much of the focus on a depleted receiver corps due to the loss of last years leading receiver Greg Stewart, Hines has felt the pressure and responded in a tremendous fashion. Without question, he has been a beacon for an offense looking for a leader.

"He was nervous about being the guy the offense counted on as opposed to being in the shadows of another player," the elder Hines said. "But he has responded real well so far, and I see bright things for him if he continues to grow."

With a 0-2 start, the immediate Tiger past is a bit dark. The immediate and long term future looks to be bright however.

"Omarius has two little brothers who are going to play football too," said the elder Hines who holds the seventh longest run in modern Tiger history with an 89-yard touchdown romp against Wilmer Hutchins in 1987. "They should be good too, and Omarius is only going to get better as the year goes on."

Trending Video

Recommended for you