SANTA CLARA – Carlos Hyde spoke in the media work room Saturday afternoon. Here’s a transcript.
Q: What do you weigh?
HYDE: Between 225 and 230 is where I’m going to stay. Try to stay.
ME: Some running backs struggle running from the shotgun. You seem especially successful running from the shotgun. Why are you so comfortable in those formations?
HYDE: I kind of got used to it playing at Ohio State. Got used to it there. Even at Ohio State, I wasn’t expecting to get comfortable with that type of offense, but I did. You just buy into the system and you learn it. It also gives you an opportunity to see everything. It’s like you’re playing quarterback, but you’re the running back. It’s just easier. To me it is.
ME: You see the holes better from that spot?
HYDE: Yeah. I just feel like you get a better feel for your linemen, you see how the linebackers are flowing – you’re right there up on them. And to me, it allows you to hit the hole a lot quicker. You’re already downhill. You’re right there up on them.
Q: What is your personal goal for this season?
HYDE: My No. 1 goal is stay healthy. Whatever I have to do to make sure my body is A1 come Sunday. After that, I’m trying to hit 1,500 yards. I do that, the hats off to my offensive line and tight ends and receivers, because that means they did a hell of a job blocking.
Q: Is it exciting for you to be getting Anthony Davis back?
HYDE: It’s good to have him back, definitely. He’s a guy that’s going to be able to come in and help our offensive line out a lot. But we’ve also got young guys that are going to be competing for that spot too though. I don’t think anything is going to be given to him. Definitely going to have to come in and work for it just like everybody else has to come in here and work for their spots. I’m really looking forward to training camp when you get to really see what you have, definitely with the offensive line.