Final countdown: No. 10 impact player
August, 22, 2012
By Austin Ward | ESPN.com
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Training camp is over and game preparations have begun. The torture of the offseason is nearly over, and Ohio State's first game under Urban Meyer is closing in. Leading up to the opener against Miami (Ohio), BuckeyeNation will count down the 10 players that figure to have the biggest impact on Meyer's first campaign, starting today with a potential breakout player in the backfield.
- POSITION: Running back
- BASICS: Weighing in at 235 pounds, the junior still was clocked at 4.45 seconds in the 40-yard dash this summer.
- BY THE NUMBERS: Didn't have the most consistent workload in 2011, but he finished the season with 566 rushing yards and six touchdowns.
- OPPORTUNITY FOR IMPACT: Even when Hyde was projected to be the backup to Jordan Hall coming out of spring practice, he still figured to be involved in the offense thanks to a size-speed combination that is far from common. Now with Hall likely on the shelf for two weeks to open the season, Hyde will have an extended audition for a larger role in the spread offense. Since Meyer's attack still features a power rushing game, Hyde might become an ideal counterbalance on the inside to what Braxton Miller and a healthy Hall could provide on the perimeter.
- HE SAID IT: "Carlos Hyde is the one who has really stepped his game up. I mean, he really has. He’s answered the bell, he’s trying to become a leader of that group with Jordan out, and he’s really brought a physical component to his game right now that we all enjoy. He’s really set the bar for these younger backs." -- Running backs coach Stan Drayton
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Final Cincinnati 17 Virginia Tech 33 Final 15 Arizona State 36 Duke 31 Final Miami (FL) 21 South Carolina 24 Final/OT Boston College 30 Penn State 31 Final Nebraska 42 24 USC 45
Final Nevada 3 Louisiana-Lafayette 16 Final Utah State 21 UTEP 6 Final 22 Utah 45 Colorado State 10 Final Western Michigan 24 Air Force 38 Final South Alabama 28 Bowling Green 33
Final Marshall 52 Northern Illinois 23 Final Navy 17 San Diego State 16
Final Central Michigan 48 Western Kentucky 49 Final Fresno State 6 Rice 30
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3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
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