Hyde Will Play on Saturday
By Rob Ogden
Carlos Hyde's name didn't appear on this week's version of Ohio State's depth chart, but the running back will play this Saturday against Florida A &M, coach Urban Meyer said.
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Hyde, the Buckeyes' leading rusher in 2012, was suspended for the first three games of the season for an altercation in which he was involved inside a local bar in July.
But just because Hyde is back doesn't mean he'll immediately regain the starting role, Meyer said.
"He's not on top of the list, that's not fair to the other guys," he said. "But he'll play. He's done everything and above that I've asked him to do and it wasn't easy."
Just as Kenny Guiton has eased the loss of Braxton Miller, Jordan Hall has made sure the Buckeyes' running game hasn't struggled during Hyde's absence.
In three games as the starter, Hall has rushed for 407 yards and six touchdowns. He ranks fifth in the nation in rushing yards and ninth in rushing yards per game.
At this point, he said he still doesn't know if, or how, his role will change when Hyde returns.
"I really don't know," he said. "Right now we're just rotating like we usually do. I guess we'll find out Saturday."
Prior to Hyde's suspension, Hall figured to be the Buckeyes' best option at the hybrid position, a spot he said he's willing to occupy if it's in the best interest of the team, even if it means fewer carries.
Photo by Jim Davidson
"Whatever it takes for us to win," he said. "There's only one football."
Hall added that he's excited for Hyde to return.
"We're two different type of backs and it'll be hard to prepare for us," he said. "Carlos is like my brother so we're happy to be back out there with each other."
Hyde rushed for 970 yards and 16 touchdowns in 10 games last season.
Despite Hall's early-season success, Meyer said Hyde brings some tools to the table that Hall and freshman Dontre Wilson don't provide.
"Power. Breaks tackles," Meyer said.
Hall echoed his coach.
"He can move the pile, he can do that better than me. And he's fast at the same time," he said.
Hall said that nobody is more excited for Hyde to be back than Hyde himself.
"You can tell he's eager," Hall said. "He's been watching film on Florida A&M for a few weeks now."
When asked what Hyde saw on film, Hall grinned.
"We can make a couple plays."
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