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"Few teams were more successful in the red zone last season than the Buckeyes, and it was Hyde's knack for finding the end zone any time the offense was close that paced an attack that converted 76 percent of its possessions inside the 20-yard line into touchdowns. "
espn insider "BuckeyeNation"
Jan 21 9:00 am et
By Austin Ward | espn.com
Offseason countdown: Carlos Hyde's return
The work for the 2013 season is already underway for Ohio State with the strength program in full swing, but the first moves that started shaping the potential encore effort from a perfect campaign began almost two months ago. BuckeyeNation is counting down the five biggest early developments for the team since last season ended and how they will impact the Buckeyes moving forward.
No. 5: Carlos Hyde returns for his senior season
Development: When the opportunity to establish himself as the workhorse back presented itself, Hyde certainly made the most of it in his junior season. After breaking out in a major way for the Buckeyes and piling up touchdowns seemingly all season long, Hyde at least entertained the idea of capitalizing on his productive campaign and making an early jump to the NFL. But ultimately the starting tailback elected to stay, giving him the chance to both compete for a championship and boost his professional stock even more. The benefits, obviously, are mutual.
What it means: The Buckeyes would have still had talented options to turn to in the backfield without Hyde next season, particularly with Jordan Hall coming back from injuries that forced him into an unplanned redshirt year and with Rod Smith showing glimpses of the ability that made him such a coveted prospect when he signed in 2010. But Hyde's mix of power running between the tackles and undervalued top-end speed made for a perfect combination with quarterback Braxton Miller's athleticism on the perimeter, giving Ohio State a deadly inside-outside threat that defenses struggled to defend. Now instead of replacing half of the equation, the Buckeyes can simply add more weapons around them to make the rushing attack even more challenging to slow down.
Numbers game: Few teams were more successful in the red zone last season than the Buckeyes, and it was Hyde's knack for finding the end zone any time the offense was close that paced an attack that converted 76 percent of its possessions inside the 20-yard line into touchdowns. The longest of Hyde's touchdown runs went for 16 yards, which means the other 15 scores all came with Ohio State on the move and inside the red zone as well.
He said it: "Huge [leadership] void. Jordan Hall returning is a tremendous boost, because he was elected captain last year. Looking for [defensive backs] C.J. Barnett and Christian Bryant to step up. And then guys that I have already had conversation with that have not been in that situation but now they are, that’s [Corey] 'Philly' Brown and Carlos Hyde." -- Ohio State coach Urban Meyer on identifying veteran leaders, including the returning Hyde.
Woody and Archie.................................. Alex being Alex, ....................................and Woody at Dennison
As the Buckeyes line up to snap the ball in 2013, the opposition will be looking at an awesome group of guys that they are going to have to be ready to stop.......With Miller, and Hyde by his side, Marshall, Philly Brown, Hall, the two big TE's, maybe Duaren Lee, they will be very explosive. Throw in Smith and that other back, and some incomin freshmen that may have an impact and it will be Touchdown City!
Well also consider that guys like Hyde are having their second year in maroti's conditioning and they'll be even better this year. We'll have a star studded group of linemen and hopefully the work Braxton did with his personal qb coach will pay dividends down the road. Having nearly all the receivers back will also be give for Continuity pUrposes too.
Hyde in the red zone, money.
Even Meyer noted on first and goal from the 3, when Miller dropped back and got sacked, we should have run Hyde for the TD.
Jordan Hall gives you a two back set option with Hyde that will be tough to defend, Hall can be the option guy and a very solid receiver, who can move chains in the passing game and is good in open space.
We are bringing in some young studs, but still, you have to learn the offense, and both WR's and RB's have to prove they can block before they get a lot of snaps as well.
If Devin Smith brings 100% effort almost every snap, the first team two back offense of QB Miller, RB's Hyde and Hall (option guy and WR in motion as well, slot receiver in motion), and a motivated Devin Smith, with Philly Brown coming on as he did late, wow. TE play was solid as well with Heuerman and Vannett.
Philly Brown and Hall as dual punt returners and kick off returners, big time potential game breakers.
We have to upgrade our kick off return game, it was solid, but nothing spectular with Smith and Dunn.
this year if Hyde needs improving on anything..it's vision. He rarely looks for the cutback and isn't adept at setting up his blockers. His balls to the wall style is perfect in the red zone, but he can become more polished. reminds me of Boom his frosh and soph years...full speed ahead and looked for contact instead of trying to avoid it.
Offense is not going to be a concern in 2013.
I think Hyde will be a 1200 plus yard rusher and put himself into position to be no less than a third round pick. Break out year for Hyde.
This post was edited by jr88BRUTUS 18 months ago
Hyde is nothing like Herron, IMO. And I hope he DOES NOT "learn" to look for cutbacks. The best thing about a back like Hyde is to run downhill, not side to side. Beanie didn't make a great NFL RB, but he sure was awesome at OSU because he ran DOWNHILL. Once he was able to break the line, the DBs had a hard time stopping him. Hyde is no different. Hyde can be like Beanie more than Herron. I can't believe you even made that comparison. I would compare Hall more to Herron. Anyway, we're lucky to have Hyde coming back. I would expect our scoring to increase by at least 25% from 2012 to 2013. I just hope the defense improves drastically and doesn't have a first half of the season lull like last year.
This post was edited by Duplic8tor 18 months ago
The Father, The Son... well, it's the
The Holy Trinity... as I see it.
Look fwd to Hyde coming back to help us next year.
all rb's need vision. Jerome Bettis is a HOF because he had vision. If he was just a battering ram..he'd just be another Norm Bulache.
Hyde is the real deal, folks. He gonna bring it this year!
This post was edited by MattC509 18 months ago
We may have lost the battle......but not the war.
Hyde played like a man this year. His coming out party was Nebraska in my opinion. His vision got better and better each game he played. Then the game against the cornhuskers came. He was like a battering ram wearing down that defense and by the third quarter you could see them tired and not wanting to tackle the big guy. His best run, in my opinion, was the one where he fumbled. He blew through the middle of the line and absolutly left footprints on two cornhusker players trucking them. Last guy, as he was getting churned in with the dust underfoot, happened to grab the ball and pop it out while Carlos was using him as a doormat to wipe his feet on.
Having him back is huge. Hall? who cares? We got Rod Smith, Ball, and a pretty damned good one in Dunn.....not counting Zeke and the Oregon committ coming in. Only one football.
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