When Urban Meyer was hired as head coach in November of 2011, Ohio State fans everywhere were excited to see the spread offense the Buckeyes would be implementing in 2012.
Carlos Hyde, Ohio State’s 6’0″, 240-pound running back, was concerned.
The Buckeyes’ bruising running back had watched film of the offense Meyer orchestrated at Florida and didn’t see too many players with his build lining up in the backfield. At least, he didn’t see any big guys at running back.
“I was like, I don’t see no big dude running around, except for Tim Tebow, and he’s the quarterback,” Hyde said, according to BuckeyeGrove.com. “I don’t play quarterback.”
In the end, Hyde’s concerns would prove unnecessary as he finished Meyer’s first year in Columbus with 1,021 total yards and 17 touchdowns (16 rushing, one receiving).
He was the workhorse of the Ohio State offense down the stretch, averaging over 21 carries per game over the Buckeyes’ last seven games. Those seven games included some of the…
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