Carlos Hyde is Making a Strong Case for Greatness

By Jeff Beck on October 21, 2013 at 2:30p
Air Carlos

Another Saturday, another fantastic performance from Carlos Hyde. Facing the nation’s 4th best rushing defense at the time (S&P+ Ratings) Hyde simply went off, tallying 149 yards and 2 TDs on 24 carries. Despite missing the first three games of the season, El Guapo is in the midst of putting together an incredibly impressive senior campaign.

How impressive? I’m happy you asked.

Carlos is a play-maker. There’s no denying it.

For reference, take a look at exhibits A, B, C and of course D:  

If you feel like you’re seeing more and more of El Guapo, it’s because…you are. Over the past two games, Hyde has carried the ball 50 times, tying his career high two-game total from 2012 (Nebraska: 28 carries and Indiana: 22).

During Hyde’s four game 2013, he’s seen the ball 18 times a game, on par with his 18.5 carry average from a year ago. However, this season’s average carry number was skewed by a five-touch outing against Florida A&M. Remove that game, and Hyde is averaging 22 carries a contest. 

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Not only is Hyde seeing the ball more, but he’s been able to do more with it to the tune of a scintillating 6.2 yards a carry and 6 total TDs. Extrapolate those numbers across the course of a season (we’ll use the conservative 18 carries per game figure) and Hyde becomes Urban Meyer’s first 1,000 yard RB with 1,001 yards and 12 total TDs. Of course that’s only counting regular season numbers. Hyde would have the opportunity to build on his totals in a potential B1G championship game and bowl game.

While those numbers are phenomenal considering Hyde essentially missed the first four games of the season, what is even more impressive is his current YPC average. As aforementioned, every time No. 34 totes the rock he’s been good for 6.2 yards on average. You can’t get much better than that.

Don’t believe me? Let’s bring in our good friends Mark Ingram, Reggie Bush, Ron Dayne, Ricky Williams, Eddie George and Rashaan Salaam. They’ve been kind enough to put their Heisman House hi-jinks on hold for just a few moments to regale us with their YPC averages from their trophy winning seasons.

Take it away fellas:

Mark Ingram (2009): 6.1 YPC
Reggie Bush (2005): 8.7 YPC
Ron Dayne (1999): 6.0 YPC
Ricky Williams (1998): 6.0 YPC
Eddie George (1995):  5.9 YPC
Rashaan Salaam (1994): 6.9 YPC

As you can see, Hyde’s average stacks up more than favorably. Only the electric Bush and the explosive Salaam were able to make more happen per carry than El Guapo. Of course, there's plenty of football to be played, and Carlos' yards per tote could take a dip, but No. 34 has historically shown he only gets stronger as the season continues.

It's safe to say Hyde is playing some of the best ball of his life. Over the past two games, the Buckeyes leaned on him in crunch time and he delivered in droves, putting the Scarlet and Gray on his back when they needed him most. Feeding El Guapo is not only the safe thing to do…it’s the responsible thing to do. With eye-popping averages that could elevate him to rare air, Hyde is looking like the motor of this high-powered offense.


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ScarletNGrey01's picture

Since Hyde missed three games does that mean we can petition the NCAA to allow him to play one more season after this one?  :P
Think he will definitely be playing on Sunday's, he's a human bowling ball.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

osu07asu10's picture

What every defensive player is thinking...

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Unky Buck's picture

I can stare at that run against Iowa all day long...pure beauty...

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jbcuky's picture

He also gets better as the game goes on. Even at Northwestern when he was clearly exhausted and not up to game conditioning, he was unstoppable. It's a thing of beauty to watch him this year.

Maestro's picture

Remember watching his high school highlights and basically drooling.  He has not disappointed.

vacuuming sucks

SilverState's picture

Same here.  Fun fact:

osupolo's picture

This just reaffirms what I always thought about El Guapo. You can't stop him, you can only hope to contain him.

jthiel09's picture

It's amazing to see a young man with his talent except his actions, take the punishment and then prove to his coaches, his teammates, his family, his friends and all of us fans that he loves this game and the University. He made his mistakes, paid the price and is now showing how much of a true man he is by not denying his faults and excelling on the field.
All that seriousness aside ... forget Marshawn Lynch and his "Beast Mode" ... the real best is named El Guapo and is putting together a highlight reel senior season, improving his draft stock, and all the while helping lead this team to victory each and every week.
Bravo Carlos, stay hungry.


Maestro's picture

exhibit E (never gets old)

vacuuming sucks

ScarletNGrey01's picture

That is downright scary.  Chuck Norris owns a pair of Carlos Hyde pajamas.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

AndyVance's picture

Superman wears Carlos Hyde undershorts.

Buckeye Scottie's picture

And Meyer's giggling after just witnessing that freight train...

WC Buckeye's picture

His mother has a tattoo that says "SON".

The only thing that's new in the world is the history that we have forgotten.

geoffrsc's picture

Watching the NW game, I thought that any play where we didn't give Carlos the ball was a wasted down. He was unstoppable.

Spider1944's picture

The fans sitting behind me were chanting "Carlos, Carlos " on every play from late in the 3rd til it was over. Man against boys. 
Hey, has anyone else heard that Cameron Johnston has petitioned to transfer. Rumor has it that the reason is he wants more playing time. 

"There are 3 things that can happen and 2 of them are bad" - the Curse of Woody Hayes

droessl's picture

Phase 1: Give Hyde the ball
Phase 2:_____
Phase 3: Profit
Damn, I love watching him run! 

gobucks96's picture

+1 for the underpant's knomes reference..
Well played.

saevel25's picture

When he got hit, and went sideways, I just thought we got the first down. Then it was basically, "NO WAY", "OMG", "YEA!!!!"
He's like a diesel engine though. He doesn't really start strong, takes a wile to get up to temp, but man once he gets in a groove during a game, he's just a tank out there.

Kevbo714's picture

Kinda like Bowzer in Mario Kart

Tom Crean listens to Nickelback...

geoffrsc's picture

BTW, the way Carlos is running, how long before he gets ejected for targeting a defenseless defensive player?

Bubba 81's picture

Good One!!! Well played Sir. 

Spider1944's picture

I felt that way at Ryan Field. 

"There are 3 things that can happen and 2 of them are bad" - the Curse of Woody Hayes

CincyBuckeye04's picture

Feed your Los! Feed HIM! (in annoying Scottish accent).

45OH4IO's picture

Any Carlos Hyde article needs to also give mad respect to the five guys on the OL in front of him and the great blocking wideouts and TEs.
I love watching Hyde get yards after contact, but if those big boys weren't taking care of the first level defenders, Hyde wouldn't get his chance to shine.
The only downside to El Guapo's domination is that my Rod Smith breakout prediction is down the toilet. But you can't take the rock away from #34 right now!

Buckeye Scottie's picture

Upvote for you being a man and admitting your 'mistake'.  If the end result is total carnage wrought by El Guapo, then be wrong more often!

Earle's picture

There is no El Guapo without the Big Uglies.  That should be on a T-shirt.

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BuckeyeB9B82501's picture

Hit the nail on the head!!!45OH4IO  It all starts up front and our OLine is playing as good as it gets. This line is playing to the (if not higher) than the level of the lines that Coop built in the early/mid 90's.He has the talent and is just plain running in Beast Mode every game so far. But you are right, it all starts up front. ROLL HYDE ROLL!! ;-)

Buckeye Dynasty starts in 2014 baby !!!!!! GO BUCKS !!!!!!!! O - H - I - O

BeijingBucks's picture

and big props to teh WRs and TEs for second level blocking which is what is really making a difference this year to those crazy long runs....

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HYDEYOKIDS's picture

There is something beautiful about the way Hyde runs. Braxton, Dontre and Hall are all great rushers, but the way Hyde is focused only on moving forward and gaining every inch possible is something really special. It is like watching the defense futilely try to stop a charging bull while it bores right through them. I'm going to miss watching him on Saturdays, I'll just have to start watching him on Sundays.

geoffrsc's picture

Agree completely. Regarding Carlos's first TD against Iowa: None of our other backs gets that score. Hyde's combination of size, power, and determination made that happen.

bucks_4_life's picture

I'd be willing to bet that none of the backs scores on Hydes second touchdown run!  That was one of the best runs I've ever seen!  From the blocking at the point of attack to the stumble and regaining balance to flying through the air like Superman!! 

The juice is worth the squeeze

kyletp2's picture

El Guapo > Dirty Sanchez

You are lame if you tweet!

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Hoody Wayes's picture

Rushing yards to date:
Carlos Hyde 443
Jordan Hall 438
Braxton Miller 335

avail31678's picture

Just said it to a co-worker today...wouldn't Hyde be in the Heisman talks if he had played all of the games with no suspension?  This is of course making a small assumption that Hall isn't declared the top tailback by Meyer after Carlos was suspended - which although Hall is a great player, it's obvious Hyde is our best running back.

Buckabroad's picture

It is what I have been thinking for a while. If Hyde plays the full season, he is on the Heisman watch easily. Not even the putrid anti-OSU campaign of ESPN could keep him off of it.

"The minute we stop expecting greatness, we become Wisconsin."

45has2's picture

"Hyde is the MAN,"  - The Dude

"I don't like nice people. I like tough, honest people." -W.W. Hayes

HandsOfSweed's picture

Yeah? Well that's like, your opinion, man.

almurray10's picture

Carlos has quickly become one of my favorite Buckeyes to ever don the Scarlet & Grey. It's been awesome to see him get stronger as time goes forward. I hope to see him doing his thing in the NFL for years to come.

pig4skin's picture

and the best part is: the dude never coughs up the rock (hope not to jinx) but does any one have any stats on this for the last 2 years?

As much as I like Urban, his coaching left a lot to be desired in the Wisconsin game. W had a game plan to shut down Miller, thereby 70% of the offense, by assignment defensive personnel on him throughout the game. OSU should have made them p

BuckeyeB9B82501's picture

Pig4skin...... Don't recall last year but the only cough up I remember El Guapo having was the costly one in 2011 at home against PSU. He is about to plow through PSUs DLine this weekend. He is a bowling ball running through anyone who is in the way. I watched in amazement on 1 play last weekend (Iowa) that it took 7 players on Iowas D to bring him down. 7!!!!!!!  That's just plain absurd. Dude is a true beast. He breaks arms when they try to arm tackle him. 

Buckeye Dynasty starts in 2014 baby !!!!!! GO BUCKS !!!!!!!! O - H - I - O

Adam21's picture

All 3 of his fumbles were lost in 387 rushes over his 4 years here.

Aesculus.'s picture

Carlos Hyde is the heart and soul of this Buckeye Team.

cajunbuckeye's picture

I've been on the Carlos Hyde Bandwagon since early last season. El Guapo = corredor valiente

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buckeyepastor's picture

Likely to get the rock even more as the temps get colder, often bringing with it wind and rain.  

"Woody would have wanted it that way" 

klfeck's picture

Best back since Beanie Wells.  Not quite as athletic, but tougher.



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bostonbuckeye's picture

I remember watching him against Akron back in 2011.  I thought to myself and told my friend at the game that Carlos was gonna be a hell of a back.  Proudest prediction I've ever had.

zbd's picture

Carlos had an amazing run but Cory Brown doesn't get his praise for the blocking he did.

btalbert25's picture

I bet there is still a sizeable group of the fan base who thinks Rod Smith is better

poop's picture

Carlos can hold onto the ball, that's pretty important. From what I've seen, Rod is more of a big-play threat and is just as big. I would love to see him get more playing time. 

buckskin's picture

If Hyde plays those first 3 games and averages 150 ypg (easily doable for those 3), he would be right at 900 yards for the year and a legit Heisman contender.  Stinks how one little decision can affect your life but the man paid his dues with humility and respect and he's back stronger than ever.  He'll be Meyer's first 1,000 rusher.

rihmds80's picture

When someone is hungry all the time, you feed him!!! When that person keeps eating, he's a pig. El Guapo is hungry for yards and TDs!!! FEED THE PIG!!! FEED THE PIG!!! FEED THE PIG!!!