Depth Chart Commentary
By Rob Ogden
Gone are the days of uncertainty at the running back position at Ohio State, now the Buckeyes' two-deep at the position might as well be written in stone.
Senior Carlos Hyde, who lost the starting running back role while he served a three-game suspension, is now firmly entrenched on the depth chart as the Buckeyes' top back.
Hyde rushed for 147 yards on 16 carries and two touchdowns during Ohio State's 63-14 win over Penn State Saturday.
In five games since returning from suspension, Hyde has rushed for 590 yards and seven touchdowns. He's averaging a career-best 6.7 yards per carry, up from 5.2 yards last season, when he ran for 970 yards.
Hyde is averaging 118 yards per game, meaning he's on pace to become coach Urban Meyer's first 1,000-yard rusher by the final game of the regular season.
The way he's running right now, it could be sooner.
"I feel like I'm at my top shape right now," Hyde said. "I feel like I'm fresh because I had those three games off. I feel like I'm just starting to get going."
Asked to describe his running style, Hyde answered simply.
"I'm a violent runner."
Hyde's magnificent 2012 season almost became a distant memory as Jordan Hall rushed for 408 yards and six touchdowns in the Buckeyes' first three games.
Meyer said Hyde would have to earn back the starting running back role when he retuned, and it didn't take long for him to do so.
After being slowly eased into games against Florida A&M and Wisconsin, Hyde finally got a full workload at Northwestern as he rushed for 168 yards and three scores on 26 carries.
All three of Hyde's touchdowns in that game came in the second half, or as Hyde refers to it, the time when defenses want no part of the bruising back.
"We like to call that no mas," he said. "It's pretty easy to tell when guys don't want no more."
Excluding the game against Florida A&M, in which he had only five carries, Hyde is averaging 137 yards per game, which would rank seventh in the nation.
His junior year of high school, Hyde said he rushed for 970 yards - the exact same total he ran for as a junior for the Buckeyes last season.
This season, he won't reach the 1,650 yards he rushed for as a high school senior, but he might be closer than anyone would have thought.
Depth Chart Notes
The only change on this week's depth chart from last week is that freshman defensive tackle Michael Hill is again listed as a reserve behind starter Michael Bennett.
Hill was previously listed as the backup all season, but a pair of injuries forced him to be replaced on the depth chart by sophomore Tommy Schutt.
Meyer said last week that Hill could be done for season. He's now listed as the third guy up, behind Bennett and Schutt.
Schutt played for the second time since returning from a broken foot Saturday against Penn State. He started at defensive tackle in place of junior Joel Hale.
Hill has one tackle in three games this season.
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