Nyheim Hines had memorable season

tstevens@newsobserver.comFebruary 8, 2014 

Garner's Nyheim Hines.

JOHNNY JOHNSON — newsobserver.com

  • Nyheim Hines

    5-foot-9, 184 pounds, junior

    GPA: 3.9

    Scholarships offered: Clemson, South Carolina, North Carolina, N.C. State, Duke, Akron, East Carolina, Ohio State, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Utah, Wake Forest

    Wants to study: Communications, physical therapy or forensic science.

    Flexibility: Hines is known for his flexibility. He credits running hurdles and genetics. “I can do a split, but my dad is 44 years old and he can do one right now. He doesn’t need to stretch or warm up. Ask him to do a split and he’ll do it,” Hines said.

    Ideal guest list: President Obama, Martin Luther King Jr., Johnny Manziel

    You didn’t know: His first name was Zion for the first three days after he was born. “Luckily, Mom decided to change it,” he said.

    Stat sheet: 311 carries for 3,129 yards (10.1 yards per carry) and 50 touchdowns; 29 catches for 613 yards.

    Speed: Did not have his best day at the N.C. High School Athletic Association championships, running a 10.98 and placing 13th.

Nyheim Hines had one of the best high school football seasons in state history in 2013.

Hines’ 3,129 rushing yards rank No. 11 on the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s all-time rushing list and his 50 rushing touchdowns ranks No. 4. His 60 total touchdowns ranks No. 2.

Watch and listen to Hines in a special interactive presentation.

Hines’ father, Darrin, played at Athens Drive High and at Lenoir Rhyne College. He told Nyheim his only collegiate tackle came when Gardner Webb defensive lineman Thurman Leach picked up a fumble and tried to return it.

Nyheim now plays for Leach, the head coach at Garner High.

Hines began his career at Leesville Road and was on the varsity team as a freshman. He started at defensive back and got spot duty at running back.

“I paid my dues at Leesville,” he said. “I was a freshman and had a lot to learn. I learned how to play defense there.”

He transferred to Garner for his sophomore year after his family moved.

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