The Ohio State Buckeyes have suspended senior running back Carlos Hyde after he was named as a person of interest in a recent assault against a woman at bar in Columbus, according to USA Today‘s Paul Myerberg on Monday.
Hyde’s future remains up in the air. For now, though, his absence from the team has resulted in the derailment of Ohio State’s vaunted ground attack, which racked up more than 240 yards per game a season ago, ranking 10th in the nation.
Sure, dual-threat quarterback and leading rusher Braxton Miller will be back under center in 2013. But there’s a good chance that one of the best running backs in all of college football will be absent from the Buckeyes backfield when the season kicks off this coming fall.
Hyde, who rushed for 970 yards and scored 17 total touchdowns as a junior last season, has improved each season since his freshman year in 2010, averaging well over five yards per carry and proving to be an excellent red-zone and short-yardage option.
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