The Ohio State Buckeyes enter the 2013 season as one of the top teams in the nation. Quarterback Braxton Miller, who’s sure to be a top Heisman candidate early on, is the leader on offense with his ability to both run and pass. However, while Miller gets all of the attention, running back Carlos Hyde will be a key factor in determining just how far the Buckeyes go this season.
The senior running back will look to take an even bigger step forward this season. He’s an important part of the offense that makes the Buckeyes one of the most difficult teams to defend against.
The Buckeyes had the second-best rushing offense in the Big 10 Conference a season ago, led by both Hyde and Miller.
It’s no secret that Miller is dangerous with his dual-threat ability. However, adding a talented runner such as Hyde in the backfield makes things that much harder for opposing defenses. He is important in the fact that he gives Ohio State a solid rushing attack and also opens things up for the passing game.
Hyde will now be in his second full season as the starter in the Ohio State backfield. Last season, he finished second on the team with 970 rushing yards. His 16 rushing touchdowns were tops on the team.
In the season finale against rival Michigan, Hyde ran for 146 yards and a score. Buckeyes’ fans are hoping that performance sets the stage for a successful 2013 season.
Ohio State is poised to have one of the top offenses in the country. While the quarterback position gets most of the attention, Hyde will play a key role in how far the team goes this season. Look for him to surpass 1,000 yards rushing and set the tone for the rest of the Ohio State run game.