March 21, 2013
Name: Carlos Hyde
Hometown: Naples, Fla.
High School: Naples
2012 Recap: Hyde was a fast and dominating component of the Buckeye offense last season as a junior. Recording a team-best 16 touchdowns on the ground while rushing for 970 yards in just 10 games, Hyde earned himself second team all-Big Ten honors.
2013 Outlook: With a full season under his belt under a new coaching regime, Hyde is looking to become the first running back under Urban Meyerto rush for 1,000 yards while leading the Buckeyes to a Big Ten championship.
Q: How do you feel about having a team-best 16 touchdowns and being 30 shy of reaching 1,000 yards last season?
A: "It feels great having a team-best 16 touchdowns; this is a very successful accomplishment for me and I am happy to be the guy my team can call on in the red zone. I really wanted to reach 1,000 yards, but I missed a couple of games. This upcoming year I'm sure I will reach it."
Q: What was your take on the offense last year during the Nebraska game when you rushed for 140 yards and scored 4 touchdowns?
A: "Nebraska was the best game last year. Being in the `Shoe at night is an awesome experience. The offense as a whole was in the zone and everyone was clicking. It was easy for guys to make big plays."
Q: The offense is returning nine starters, one of them being you, and only losing two. How do you feel this sets the offense up for the upcoming season?
A: "We have veterans on that side of the ball so I'm excited about returning nine starters. We also have players who can step up and replace Reid [Fragel] and Jake [Stoneburner] at their positions and make plays."
Q: How do you like Coach Meyer's spread offense?
A: "I feel great about Coach Meyer's spread offense. Being the running back, they give me the ball a lot and it is my duty to drive it to the end zone."
Q: Having a year under your belt with this coaching staff, how does this help you for the upcoming season?
A: "As of now, Coach Drayton says I do not have the starting running back position because I am still working for it. It is good to have this year under my belt because I know the plays and what my coaches expect out of me. I am able to play faster and execute better."
Q: What tips do you receive from Coach Drayton to help you improve on your game?
A: "Coach Drayton is the best running back coach I have ever had. What he teaches us is the best and he knows exactly what he is talking about. His thought process for the spring is making the safety miss. This is a big point we need to work on as a whole and we have had a lot of drills where we practice it. It is special to have this type of coach."
Q: What advice do you give to the younger guys who have to wait their turn, knowing you had to wait for yours?
A: "I try to tell the guys to be patient. Most of them come out of high school being the star of their team and don't understand they have to continue to develop. They are eager to play, but when the coaches do call their number, they have to be ready to take full advantage of their opportunity. It is all about making a good impression."
-- Ciara Travis, Ohio State Athletics Communications student assistant