Strength and speed are a necessary thing for any running back and Carlos Hyde brings an abundance of both to the table for the 2013 Ohio State Buckeyes.
Hyde came to Ohio State from Naples Florida where as a senior in 2008 he rushed for 1,653 yards and 16 touchdowns. He spent the fall of 2009 at Fork Union Military Academy and enrolled at Ohio State for the spring of 2010. Since coming to Ohio State the potential and production of this great young running back have expanded every season. Hyde has never averaged under five yards per attempt in his Ohio State career, and his senior season should see an opportunity to break out and build a resume that should allow him to play on Sundays in the very near future.
Hyde played in seven games as a freshman and accumulated 141 yards on 24 attempts. His most productive game in his first year was against Indiana where he accumulated 48 yards on nine carries. This was the last team of the Tressel era and considering that Daniel Boom Herron was on that team, the opportunities for Carlos Hyde to contribute were limited.
2011 was the season in purgatory for the Ohio State fans and players and Carlos made the most of a difficult situation. He was third on the team behind Dan Herron and Braxton Miller. In 2011 Carlos Hyde would account for 600 yards of offense. He would carry the ball 106 times for 566 yards and he would catch 10 passes for 73 yards.
Hyde’s sophomore season was a break out season in other ways. He would break through the hundred yard mark on two occasions, first against Indiana where he would collect 104 yards on 13 carries and against Indiana where he would get 15 carries for 105 yards. Carlos would also make the first visits to the end zone scoring six touchdowns on the season. He would get two against Toledo in 2011 and two against Nebraska in Lincoln.
Hyde would benefit greatly when Urban Meyer was hired as the Ohio State head coach right after the end of the 2011 season. In the process of spreading the defense across the width of the field, the running lanes available to him would expand. Hyde would take advantage of the opportunity that the new offense gave him.
In his junior season in 2012, Carlos Hyde would get 970 yards on 185 carries. That is a 5.2 yards per carry average for those of you keeping score at home. Carlos would also catch 8 passes for 51 yards. He scored 17 touchdowns over the course of the season. Sixteen coming from the rushing game and one coming on a pass reception. The numbers are solid but more so when you consider that he did not play a lot against Central Florida and not at all against Alabama Birmingham due to a leg injury.
When Hyde returned from the knee injury he exploded, he was a different running back. He torched Nebraska for 140 yards and four touchdowns. He ran for 156 yards against Indiana. Illinois gave up 137 yards on 18 carries . In the biggest game of the year in 2012, Carlos Hyde smashed into a suspect Wolverine defense to the tune of 146 yards on 26 carries and a touchdown. In playing a little less than ten games, Carlos Hyde a great season.
Carlos will miss the first three games of the 2013 season due to disciplinary reasons but he will pick up two games at the end of the year in the B1g ten championship game and the bowl game that will follow. When you look at the people on the 2013 roster, Hyde is the most productive back on the staff. He is the player that will get the carry in the crucial situation. That is what senior leaders do. A 1,000 yard season is something that Carlos can attain in 2013. He will be a Buckeye that is worth watching in the 2013 campaign. He is also an excellent candidate to carry the football into the opposing defensive line. He is the total package. The only significant effect the suspension will have on him is to allow him to have fresh legs as we move into the B1g conference season.
Buckeye fans have every reason to expect great things from Carlos Hyde. If he is able to continue to develop and grow. He will have the opportunity to be a foundational member of Ohio State’s eighth national championship squad.