Houston Cougars in the USFL: D'Juan Hines

Houston Cougars in the USFL: D’Juan Hines

The University of Houston’s D’Juan Hines is the lone player representing the Cougars football program this season in the United States Football League (USFL).

Hines, 27, was selected by the New Jersey Generals in the 29th round of the 2022 USFL Draft.

The 6-foot-1, 235-pound linebacker from Spring, Texas, spent his entire collegiate career with the Houston Cougars.

After redshirting in 2013, Hines saw action in 10 of 13 games in 2014 — totaling four tackles (two solo).

As a redshirt sophomore in 2015, the linebacker played in 13 games and tallied 13 total tackles (six solo) along with one pass deflection.

In Hines’ redshirt junior year in 2016, he played in 13 games and garnered 44 total tackles (30 solo) and one pass deflection.

Hines truly shined in his senior campaign with the Cougars in 2017, as the linebacker appeared in 12 games and racked up a remarkable 110 total tackles (57 solo), three forced fumbles, two pass deflections and one interception.

After going undrafted in the NFL Draft, Hines signed with the Los Angeles Chargers as an undrafted free agent on May 11, 2018; he was waived on Sept. 1 and was immediately signed to the team’s practice squad.

The Cleveland Browns signed Hines from the Chargers’ practice team and added him to the active roster on Sept. 22, 2018; he made his NFL debut on Sept. 30 against the Oakland Raiders.

Hines played in 13 games for the Browns as a member of the special teams unit and garnered four tackles during the 2018 NFL season; he was waived on May 3, 2019.

The Kansas City Chiefs signed Hines on June 4; he was waived during the team’s final roster cuts on Aug. 31.

Hines also spent some time in the short-lived 2020 version of the XFL as a member of the New York Guardians prior to the league suspending all operations on April 10, 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

He tried out with the Green Bay Packers on Aug. 17, 2020, prior to signing with the Ottawa Redblacks of the Canadian Football League (CFL) on Jan. 18, 2021.

Bringing us to the 2022 USFL season, where thus far for the Generals, Hines has garnered 67 total tackles (45 solo), four pass deflections and one sack.

Fun facts: Hines was a three-star athlete by Rivals and ESPN.com as a student at Dekaney High School (Texas) and actually played as the team’s quarterback his junior and senior year. He was ranked the No. 23 quarterback nationally by ESPN and passed for 1,269 yards and 12 passing touchdowns along with 388 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns as a senior in high school.

Due up next for Hines and the New Jersey Generals (7-1, 1st place in North): a battle against the Michigan Panthers (1-7, 3rd place in North) on Saturday, June 11 at 12 pm Central Time on NBC.