Ohio State suspends senior RB Carlos Hyde

Previous reports of Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde being dismissed from the team were proven inaccurate when Urban Meyer announced Monday afternoon that the senior running back has been suspended from all team activities pending the outcome of the student code of conduct and criminal investigations.

[ AP: Meyer discipline four Buckeyes, including Hyde, Roby ]

Hyde was named as a person of interest in a weekend assault against a female in a Downtown bar.

As if that wasn’t enough, Ohio State also is looking into a situation regarding star cornerback Bradley Roby in Bloomington, Ind., over the weekend. Roby will not be attending Big Ten media days Wednesday-Thursday in Chicago, as scheduled, and he could face further discipline.

“I have a clear set of core values in place that members of this football program are constantly reminded of and are expected to honor,” Meyer said in the release. “There are also expectations with regard to behavior. I expect our players to conduct themselves responsibly and appropriately and they will be held accountable for their actions.”

“Swift, effective and fair discipline is the standard for our entire athletics program,” Director of Athletics Gene Smith said in the release. “I applaud Coach Meyer for his immediate actions.”

[ OhioStateBuckeyes.com: Meyer announces discipline for four Buckeyes ]

Stay tuned to see what happens to Hyde and Roby. A big, physical back, Hyde led the Buckeyes with 970 yards rushing and with 16 touchdowns rushing in 2012. He did all of that in 10 games. And many projected him to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark this season as a senior—which would be a first for an Urban Meyer-coached running back.

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Ohio State seems to have the depth to withstand the loss of Hyde for any period of time. Junior Rod Smith is listed behind Hyde of the depth chart. The Buckeyes also have sophomore Bri’onte Dunn (6-0/222) and redshirt freshman Warren Ball (6-1/222), along with touted incoming freshman Ezekiel Elliott. Smith ran for 215 yards in 2012; Dunn 133. Each came to Columbus with a fat scrapbook.

The Buckeyes also have senior Jordan Hall back, but he will be more of a wildcard player who lines up in various spots.

Whoever is the main ball carrier, he will be led by a veteran line that welcomes back four starters. So, the potential physical loss of Hyde could be buffeted a bit. If he’s dismissed, though, it would be a psychological blow to a program many see as the favorite to win the Big Ten in 2013 and perhaps play for the BCS title.

Meyer also took disciplinary action Monday against two freshmen who were involved in legal issues in the past week: tight end Marcus Baugh, who has been removed from team activities and will miss the season opener vs. Buffalo for underage possession of alcohol and possessing a fake identification, and defensive lineman Tim Gardner, who has been sent home and will not be part of the team after he was charged with obstruction of official business.

Here’s a look at Hyde’s career stats:

Year Team G Rush Yds Yd/Rush TDs Rec Yds Yd/Rec TDs
2010 OhioSt 7 24 141 5.9 0 0 0 - 0
2011 OhioSt 13 106 566 5.3 6 10 73 7.3 0
2012 OhioSt 10 185 970 5.2 16 8 51 6.4 1
Career 30 315 1677 5.3 22 18 124 6.9 1


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Guest on 7/22/2013 @ 12:49pm EDT Said:

Hear that? Sounds like the door closing on OSU’s NC bid…

J.C. on 7/22/2013 @ 12:58pm EDT Said:

Good thing it’s Ohio State’s deepest position next to safety.

Ohio State will be fine, since Smith, Dunn, Ball and Eze-E can pick up the slack, with Hall and Wilson shifting into the backfield.

C Orem on 7/22/2013 @ 1:05pm EDT Said:

What a big loss right? I mean OSU has no RB depth right???? Please, they really dont need Carlos and Roby will lose 1 game and thats to Buffalo.

hadley smith on 7/22/2013 @ 2:15pm EDT Said:

The urban curse is cast upon the ohio univ. Hey, good luck with that…

shookwriter27 on 7/22/2013 @ 3:18pm EDT Said:

Doesn’t sound like they’re going to miss a beat. Ohio State will be the best in the Big Ten.

Doug on 7/22/2013 @ 3:52pm EDT Said:

To dismiss a person because of person of interest sounds shaky, there must be more to it than that, but yeah OSU will be just fine, no doubt

Big Brother on 7/22/2013 @ 3:53pm EDT Said:

DiNardo said it himself that the tailback position was the most unproven position for Ohio State’s offense. This is a HUGE loss. Make no mistake

HD on 7/22/2013 @ 4:31pm EDT Said:

“I have a clear set of core values in place that members of this football program are constantly reminded of and are expected to honor,” Meyer said in the release. “There are also expectations with regard to behavior. I expect our players to conduct themselves responsibly and appropriately and they will be held accountable for their actions.”

This is funny! Same core values you had at Florida?

BigRedOne on 7/22/2013 @ 5:20pm EDT Said:

regardless how deep you are, when you lose a back like Hyde you will hurt from it. Defenses will key more of BM, and we all know just hit him a few times and he folds like a sack. You Buckeye fans are unbelievable, not a mention of what he did, if its true then he is the scum of the earth, is that what you Buckeye fans are about?

blake on 7/22/2013 @ 8:08pm EDT Said:

Urban will have them playing in first game. Any thing for a win in his eyes

BuckeyeBen on 7/23/2013 @ 3:45am EDT Said:

BigRedOne, could you just stay on one subject, You start trying to throw so much in there, and you sound ignorant/confusing? First of all, Yes losing any guy like Hyde is going to hurt some, but they have depth, is what most are trying to say on here…. Second, Are you saying we buckeye fans are unbelievable because we dont mention what he might be involved in? It mentions what he might be involved in in the article, so whats the point of typing it over and over? Most fans on here like talking about football, and the Ohio State team? Of course if you know for sure he was directly involve, and what he did, and some details, maybe you should inform the police, cause it sounds like you are smarter than them, since they arent sure yet, Moron!!!! And you cant argue with what Meyer has done, can you? He suspended Hyde from all team activities until the police finish their investigation. When he gets the information, he will take the necessary actions/discipline.

JoeW on 7/23/2013 @ 9:38pm EDT Said:

Being reported Hyde will not be charged as video shows he did not strike alleged victim. Bad news for big ten opponents.


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