Created on Friday, 18 October 2013 Written by MATT HAMMOND
Urban Meyer has accomplished just about everything a coach can achieve during his coaching career. But one particular milestone continues to elude him.
As he is often reminded of, Meyer has yet to have a running back rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season.
“I’m tired of hearing that, man,” Meyer replied to a reporter when asked about it this week.
Jokingly, Meyer threatened to start walking out of press conferences if he continues to be asked about his lack of producing a 1,000-yard back.
The topic arose because OSU senior tailback Carlos Hyde is currently on pace to reach 1,000 yards despite being suspended for the first three games of the season.
For much of his head coaching career, Meyer has been criticized for not having a place in his offense for a power back.
Opposing coaches like to use that as ammunition when recruiting against the Buckeyes.
“If someone wants to question whether we run the ball effectively, I think over 12 years, you know, we have run the ball really well,” said Meyer. “Just in recruiting and all that other nonsense, we can’t anticipate guys missing games for whatever reason (and not getting 1,000 yards).”
Hyde, a 6-foot, 235-pound bruiser, has worked hard to bust that myth. He just missed the 1000-yard mark last year with 995 yards and he rushed for 16 touchdowns.
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