The Wolfpacker

September 2017

The Wolfpacker: An Independent Magazine Covering NC State Sports

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SEPTEMBER 2017 ■ 29 brother Bryce Love (Stanford football), and Dylan Peebles (NC State track). The fathers of the star athletes all played a role in his development. Hines' father, Darrin Hines, grew up with former NC State football and track standout Danny Peebles, father of Dylan. The younger Hines and Peebles were part of the Wolf- pack's ACC-title winning 400 relay team this past year. "Nyheim's dad and I were best friends growing up," Peebles said. "It's amazing to see our sons, who are roommates, doing what they are doing. "Darrin and I were best friends from el- ementary school until the beginning of high schools when things got split up." Chris Love Sr., who played football at South Carolina, has known Nyheim Hines since he was 8 years old. He understands the patience Hines has had and his wanting to be a good teammate. Love also knows this could be the season that he blows up. "The more times he gets the ball, the more successful he'll be," Love said. "In high school it was exciting to see him excel and lead his team in a number of areas and watch him succeed. He showed he could run and could catch, and he even played some quarterback. "In the college environment, all the guys were 'that guy' on their high school team. He has had to find his role. That is what he has been going through." Big Impact, Small Frame Samuels has always been a creative "chess piece" on the football field and some of the plays that get run for him meant less reverses or jet sweeps for Hines, when he played in the slot or out wide. "You have a guy like Jaylen and a guy like Nyheim both on the field at the same time, there is an equal likelihood that ei- ther one will get the ball in their hands," said David Hale, who covers the ACC for "You can put the ball in their hands in so many different ways. "As a defensive coordinator, you just have to pick your poison. There is no good answer there." Playing Hines in the backfield creates a new dynamic in trying to create mis- matches, hopefully against outside line- backers, nickels or safeties. "With the running game, it is all about fits," Hines said. "I think I can come out frontside or maybe backside and hopefully just out-run [opponents] to the end zone." Doeren also believes it will be harder for defenses to pinpoint him due to his 5-9 frame. Hines said former quarterback Jacoby Brissett used to joke that he was "so little that I can barely see you."

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