Published Monday, July 22, 2013 AT 11:26 AM / Updated at 6:51 PM
Report: Ohio State suspends star runner
Lee Barfknecht Omaha World-Herald

Ohio State’s No. 1 running back, Carlos Hyde, was suspended from the team Monday, according to a report from the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch.

Hyde, a senior who ran for 970 yards and 16 touchdowns last season, has been named as “a person of interest” in an assault of a female at a downtown Columbus bar early Saturday morning.

His absence would create a huge hole in the OSU depth chart at running back. The top backup — junior Rod Smith — had just 215 yards in 32 carries last season.

Ohio State also is looking into a weekend bar altercation in Indiana involving All-America cornerback Bradley Roby.

About Lee Barfknecht

Lee Barfknecht has won nine national writing awards from four separate organizations, and is a 12-time winner of the Nebraska sportswriter of the year award. He covers Big Ten football and basketball, Nebraska basketball and other college financial issues for The World-Herald. You can email Lee at lee.barfknecht@owh.com