ElevenWarriors The bad news keeps on coming as Ohio State’s national championship hopes took a significant blow Monday with the dismissal of starting running back Carlos Hyde and the arrest of starting cornerback and Thorpe Award candidate Bradley Roby. Hyde, a senior, is named as a person of interest in an on-going assault investigation. According to a police report obtained by Eleven Warriors, the victim of the alleged assault was struck at Sugar Bar located on Front Street in downtown Columbus in the early morning hours on Saturday. In the Buckeyes’ 12-0 season last year, Hyde accounted for 1,021 total yards – 970 yards rushing – and 17 touchdowns. According to a report from the Columbus Dispatch, Roby was arrested in Monroe County and faces preliminary charges of battery resulting in bodily injury.
These arrests are a huge blow to the Ohio State Buckeyes, who have National Championship hopes in 2013, as their starting running back has been dismissed from the team and the future of one of the best defensive players in the country is now in question. Carlos Hyde was one of the Buckeyes most important offensive players in 2012, totaling over 1,000 yards and 17 touchdowns, and he has now been booted from the team. Bradley Roby was expected to be one of the best cornerbacks in the country this season, and a potential first round pick in the 2014 NFL draft. He will likely be disciplined, and who knows how much time he could miss, as an investigation is ongoing. With kickoff of the 2013 College Football season right around the corner, the arrest of two of the team’s best players is a major blow, and early season contests against San Diego State and California just became much more difficult.