This is the line that scares me:
"The offense will have a different flavor this year, Herman said. The power run-game probably won’t be relied upon as much as it was past two years."
Hyde at one point was almost threatening to quit the team because they wouldn't give him the damn ball. I don't know if it's Meyer or Herman, but one of them hates the power run game. I love the power run game! Hyde was dominant last year; what's wrong with that? Can't they see that having a big scary back running down the middle makes the stuff on the edges work? Or didn't they see Stanford beat Oregon again?
If we don't have a big guy that scares people up the middle the offense gets predictable, and we're back to losing big games against good defenses (did we ever leave?)
That being said, if Cardale ends up with the job, he's got the size to run up the middle... a la Timmy T
And fwiw, i think Ball is getting overlooked. If Smith doesn't grab the job, I'm pulling for Ball; he seems to run angry (like Eddie George, like Beanie, like Hyde)