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Published: Monday, Aug. 1 2011 8:00 p.m. MDT

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Holladay, UT

Welcome back Adam! Sounds like you did good work for the people in Panama.

Now get in the weight room and do your heavy squats in and your legs will be back and more in no time.


Great story and what a great missionary! Glad to have this kid as a cougar. Excellent example of an ideal BYU recruit: athletic, smart, humble, and spiritual.

Go Cougars!

St. George, Utah

I went to school with Adam (only then his last name was Timo. When did he switch it?). Anyways, he carried our team on his back to the state championship game. He is one of the most gifted athletes ever to go to Snow Canyon and now I firmly believe he'll be one of the most gifted athletes to come out of BYU! Good luck Adam!

Murray, UT

Sounds like a great kid and a heck of an athlete...Welcome back Adam, look forward to watching you play at BYU!

Logan, UT

This kid is a beast. I went to high school with his older brother before his family defected to the hated Snow Canyon. ;) He should stick with Track and Field though...he's better at that than football, if you can imagine it. He's Olympic material there.

Cougar Claws
Lindon, UT

Great to have him back. A stud 4-star athlete that is going to do great things wherever he plays.

He would do well at running back, but I don't know how you take his athletic ability into consideration and not play him at receiver. A 6'1" guy with a 7'2" high jump and 4.5 speed would make him a very good receiver, particularly for BYU standards. If he is able to get into a 3 man rotation with Apo and Hoffman, he could be an amazing receiver. It might even be good to redshirt him and have him learn the position. Just my 2 cents.

Salt Lake City, UT

I remember watching this kid high jump 7'0" at the state meet (might have been the BYU meet). Crazy athleticism, good luck to him.

Saint George, UT

Good athlete. I remember playing against him as a senior when he was a sophomore, and he was tough to stop. I'm with Holiday, when did his name change?

Cedar City, UT

Cougar Claws,

Adam could definitely excel as a wideout, he has all the tools to be a big impact player. I have never seen so much raw talent in a high school athlete. Infact, he is capable of playing really any skill position on the offensive side of the ball, I watched games down here in southern Utah where he would play RB and would also switch in at QB, he even played punter if I remember right.

But where I would really like to see him play is in the defensive secondary. Imagine a safety with that kind of speed and vertical! He has a bruising, solid build but is a great sprinter as well.. I think he will do great things while in Provo. His skill could easily translate over to professional ball if he is used correctly and given the chance to shine.

Welcome back home Adam! Cant wait to see you in action again!
Great things ahead!

Saint George, UT

Adam Hines--That's a name I'll file away. It will probably take a while to get those parasites out of his body, put on some weight,run enough miles to build up endurance, and push enough weights to remember what strength feels like.

He has paid a price. If he applied the same intensity to his mission that he did to sports at Snow Canyon he will be a man to watch. Best of success, Adam.

Richmond, VA

Oh my goodness! 6'1", can high jump 7'2", and so versatile that he can play all those positions too? Wow, sounds like another dream catch for the Cougs!

So, whether he goes by Timo or Hines, it doesn't make any difference to this Cougar fan. I'm just excited to hear he's a stud of a talent and he's joining the Cougs. Independent sounds sweeter with every quality new recruit!

Btw, congrats on successful mission too kid, and welcome aboard!

Go Cougs! and good luck to the Utes too!

Frisco, TX

I don't know a lot about Adam other than the press clippings. But from the press clippings, I can tell he's an incredible athlete. He's one of those athletes that U trollers say never come to BYU. But somehow they keep coming in record numbers.

Coming back from his mission this late, I can't imagine a scenario where he doesn't redshirt this year. It would be a shame to waste a year of eligibility if he's not in outstanding condition.

To me he seems a natural at RB. Redshirt this year, backs up Juice in 2012 and 2013 with an increasing number of touches, and is the guy in 2014 and 2015.

The future is bright. Go Cougs!


Adam changed his name from Timo to Hine at the last of his senior year in High School. He actually took hs mother's last name. Seen him play almost every game in High School, amazing player, and knows where his talent comes from.

Chrissy Bee
Atlanta, GA

BYU has such a ginormous advantage with their missionary program. Just reading this makes it crystal clear why other coaches wish they could do the very same with all of their star athletes. It just doesn't seem fair, does it?

Pete in Texas
Copperas Cove, TX

Chrissy Bee,

I love BYU football and their entire sports program. However, it's been my experience, (and I remember games back into the 1970's, so I've been around a while), that the greater portion of returning missionaries lose a bit of their competitive edge when serving a mission. Two years serving as a missionary, dedicating your life to real people in a real world with real problems seems to kind of put where "sports" falls into the eternal scheme of things. I have no doubt that Adam will be an incredible athlete and a big advantage to the football program, but you need to try and understand that if a kid grows up playing nothing but football and his whole life is dedicated to that up until he graduates from high school, his entire mindset in life is about football. He's a boy who's only thoughts are about football. He has no idea what "life" is all about. To serve a mission, these boys have an opportunity to go out and become men. They can understand that football is great, but life is about more than that. It's about others.

Good luck, Adam. Welcome back to BYU!! Thanks for serving.

Heber City, UT

Dear Chrissy Bee. Sure the other coaches could send their kids away for 2 years where they let their bodies rest and serve their fellow human beings. Think of the character it would build in these young men. Then once they have found out that there is more to life than beer drinking and women they could come back to college ready to contribute to their team and their school. Oh, yes they would have to foot this bill themselves, or have their family help. The other coaches simply know they do not have young men who would dedicate their lives to helping others before they put themselves first.

Sounds fair to me.:)

Saint George, UT

I have wondered where 'Timo' went...no better place. As to his friend Kurt Henderson, no better friend..Hopefully, Kurt will walk on, too. I feel so proud of the Cougs, with young men like this, regardless of what our win-loss record will be at the end of the year, at least I know they are honorable and represent the school well.


Adam sounds like a tremendous young man and a terrfic talent. Wish we could have him at the U, but wish him the best at the Y. The missionary program is wonderful for spiritual and emotional growth, but its extremely difficult to get your body back in athletic competition shape after two years. Love to see local talent staying at local schools. Good luck Adam.

Salt Lake City, UT

""I ran a few times, but nothing hard like it is going to be,"

I see nothing wrong with working out an hour a day, three times a week, as a missionary to stay in reasonable shape. I know mission presidents who have encouraged this, not for "athletes," but for all their missionaries. Sacrificing fitness does nothing to increase one's effectiveness as a missionary.

- ANYONE who wants good health and top performance in their field keeps in shape physically.
- Missionaries are ENCOURAGED to exercise 30 minutes per day.
- When I trained for a marathon I was instructed to rest two days per week. Get a good 60 minute workout in three days a week, instead of a lessor workout 30 minutes per day.

Sure, three 60 minute workouts aren't going to keep one in competitive shape, but it will help as an athlete and a missionary. I'd even encourage an athlete to workout a couple hours on preparation day. Your mind and spirit can and will be working on missionary things while your body is working, especially while the endorphins are coursing through your blood. In my experience the quality of one's thoughts increases during exercise.

Saint George, UT

We all knew him as "Timo" here in Dixie three years ago. The kid was a beast! I remember watching him play and it would take 2 or 3 defenders to drag him to the ground each play. He played as Quarterback and showed impressive athleticism. I don't remember Timo being extra fast but he was physically bigger than all the other kids and definitely stood out on the field. I am more impressed that he served a mission. He set a great example to other kids. Can't wait to watch him as a Cougar.

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