COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A look at three Ohio State players who will be critical as the second half of the season starts with a trip to Indiana and how they might impact the outcome Saturday night (TV: BTN, 8 p.m.).
The basics: After not looking quite back to full speed a week before, Hyde showed no ill effects from the knee injury that interrupted his hot start to the season with the Buckeyes turning him loose 28 times against Nebraska. The tailback might not have the explosive, breakaway speed of quarterback Braxton Miller, but he had no problems helping him finish off drives with four trips to the end zone in his last outing.
By the numbers: The junior has almost exclusively had nothing but a positive impact with the football in his hands. Through 63 carries so far this season, Hyde only has lost 2 yards as a rusher as he continues to fight through contact and refuses to be brought down before at least getting back to the line of scrimmage.