The Ohio State Buckeyes were dealt a huge blow on Monday morning when news broke of the dismissal of top running back Carlos Hyde.
Ohio State dismissed Hyde just hours after a police report named him as a person of interest in an alleged assault over the weekend. The Columbus Dispatch first reported the story.
Hyde was heading in to his fifth and final year in Scarlet and Grey and coming off his best season to date. During the perfect 2012 campaign, Hyde ran for 970 and totaled 17 touchdowns. He was projected to be one of the top running backs in the country.
Over the course of his career, Hyde has rushed for a total of 1,677 yards and 22 touchdowns as well as 124 receiving yards on 18 receptions and one touchdown through the air.
Replacing Hyde will not be easy, but there is a bevy of potential at the running back position for the Buckeyes. Rod Smith is the most experienced and looks to be the leader to take over the full load. Behind Smith is a pair of second-year players in Bri’onte Dunn and Warren Ball.
Despite injuries that have hampered him over the course of his career, redshirt senior Jordan Hall could emerge as a player to get more and more attention as the year draws closer. Hall could see his workload increase, as he will be in head coach Urban Meyer’s ‘Pivot’ position.
The ‘Pivot’ position, made popular by University of Florida’s Percy Harvin, is a hybrid position that lines up in the slot receiver position but can receive handoffs just as easily with pre-snap motion.
It all remains to be seen if Hall can maintain his health and if he can produce in his new role. One thing is for sure about Hall – he has had success before as he has rushed for 1,032 yards and six touchdowns in his career.
As if the news of Hyde’s dismissal wasn’t enough for a Monday morning, news of cornerback Bradley Roby’s arrest in Indiana was also announced. Roby, a native of Suwanee, Ga., was arrested and charged with battery after he refused to leave a bar after a disturbance. After being detained by force by bouncers, Roby was taken into police custody, according to a police report.
Meyer said Roby is under review and no comment has been made on either case.
After a first-team All-American year in 2012, Roby hinted at the idea of leaving for the NFL after his junior year, but instead opted to come back for the 2013 season. Generally thought to be one of the better corners around the nation, Roby was expected to be a veteran leader for a young OSU defense in 2013.
Football Extra Points Greater Ohio Sports Reporter
Formerly the Sports Editor of the FSView & Florida Flambeau