Hyde finished second in the Big Ten with 16 rushing touchdowns last year, trailing only Montee Ball, the NCAA's all-time leading touchdown scorer. That's pretty elite company.
He also rushed for 970 yards, just 30 shy of becoming the first 1,000-yard rusher Urban Meyer has ever coached. He was named to the Maxwell Award Watch List in 2013 and stood poised to finally break that four-digit barrier.
But mere weeks before opening weekend, Hyde was named a person of interest in the investigation of an assault on a female. And Ohio State doled out swift justice, suspending him indefinitely as police look into the matter.
Ohio State is deep at running back, but the loss of Hyde throws a wrench in its offense. He was a sure-thing around the goal-line and on other short-yardage situations.
Now, unthinkable as it may sound, even more responsibility has been placed on Braxton Miller's shoulders.