Depth Chart Commentary
By Rob Ogden
It was only a matter of time.
After Carlos Hyde clearly seized the starting running back role during the Buckeyes' 31-24 win over Wisconsin on Sept. 28, it was inevitable that the depth chart would eventually reflect the stat sheet.
Today it finally does.
For the first time this season, Hyde is listed as the Buckeyes' top back, replacing Jordan Hall, who had previously occupied the spot from week one.
Hyde is coming off his best game of the year, a 40-20 Ohio State win at Northwestern in which the senior carried the ball 26 times for 168 yards and three touchdowns.
It was the type of performance Buckeye fans became accustomed to seeing from Hyde in 2012.
Hall, meanwhile, was sidelined with a knee injury that he suffered in the days leading up to the game.
If asked, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer would likely cite the injury as the reason Hall was overtaken on the depth chart. But in reality, Hall had been overtaken on the field long before.
Since Hyde returned from suspension in week four against Florida A&M, Hall has recorded five offensive touches for a total of 22 yards.
In that same time, Hyde has 54 attempts for 337 yards and three scores.
Meyer said Tuesday that Hall is practicing this week, and added that he hopes to get the senior more carries in the future.
"His first way of assisting the team will be on special teams and then he can certainly complement Carlos and be involved on third down," Meyer said. "I'm understanding that the road to recovery is pretty good."
Bosa listed as starter
Last week, Meyer said freshman Joey Bosa was considered the starter at defensive end, and this week's depth chart reflects that.
Bosa is listed as the starter over sophomore Adolphus Washington.
Washington suffered an ankle injury during the Buckeyes' win at Northwestern, but Meyer said Tuesday that the lineman was near 100 percent, and should be ready to play Saturday against Iowa.
Bosa previously started three games this season while Washington recovered from a groin injury and has been a steady force on the defensive line.
Fellow defensive lineman Tommy Schutt isn't listed on the two-deep, despite being cleared to play after missing the first six weeks because of a broken foot.
Meyer said Schutt had a great day of practice on Monday, and called him " game-ready."
“Tommy Schutt is a go,” he said. “He is a very welcomed back player. He was a guy that might not have had the title as the starter, but he was a starter for us. He went down in training camp and worked his tail off. Coach (Mickey) Marotti says he’s one of the best at taking care of business and getting ready, so he should be a go on Saturday.”
This week's depth chart
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