Ohio State will be playing this season without one of their stars. Carlos Hyde has been kicked off the Buckeyes after he was named a person of interest in an investigation into an assault of a female in downtown Columbus, Ohio.
Hyde rushed for 970 yards last season and added 17 total touchdowns as well. He was expected to become an even bigger part of the offense this season. Had he rumbled for 30 more yards last season he would have become the first 1,000 yard rusher in the eleven year career of Urban Meyer.
The Columbus Dispatch reported today that Urban Meyer dismissed Carlos Hyde from the Buckeyes following the assault he is being investigated in. After going out on the town on Friday night into Saturday morning, Hyde is suspected of being involved in a 1:54 am assault on a woman outside of a Columbus bar.
Losing Hyde likely means that the Buckeyes will play this season without a feature back. Leaving only a committee of unproven rushers in his wake, Hyde leaves behind a huge hole. Those that figure to see an increase in carries include senior Jordan Hall, junior Rod Smith and sophomore Bri’onte Dunn.
Having Braxton Miller at quarterback will certainly ease the pain for Buckeye’s fans, he will certainly make whatever group of running backs takes the field behind him look better. Miller is one of, if not the best rushing quarterback in the college game today.
After kicking Carlos Hyde off the roster, the Buckeyes and Urban Meyer probably will have to go at least one more season without a 1,000 yard rusher.
Kicking Carlos Hyde off of the Ohio State Buckeyes seems like an impulsive move. He has not been charged with anything as of yet, all that has been said is that he had been named in the investigation. However there may be a reason for this. Recently Urban Meyer has come under fire for his disciplinary policy while at the University of Florida.
Most famously Aaron Hernandez has been arrested for murder, yet he is far from alone among his Gator teammates. According to a report from the New York Times, 41 of 121 players on Florida’s 2008 roster have been arrested at some point since that season.
Perhaps Meyer is attempting to show he has a new zero tolerance policy for that type of extra-curricular behavior. Either way, Carlos Hyde has been kicked off the Buckeyes and the team will have to move on without him.
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